posted on 5-Sep-2001 9:14:12 PM
Title: Trials and Tribulations
Author: Jenn
Disclaimer: I don't own any of the Roswell characters, although I wish I did.
Summary: M/L (my favorite couple) with some of the others as well.

Prologue:

It's been 5 years. Five long years since the whole "Skins" fiasco, as we like to call it. Five years since I almost lost Liz, my whole reason for living, because I almost lost faith in out love. But that's all in the past, and my future is looking bright, yet those events come back to haunt me and I remember them like they happened only yesterday.

Part 1:
5 years prior...Liz's room

"Liz, this is the last time I'm going to ask you this. Did you sleep with Kyle?" Max asks.
Liz doesn't say anything because if she does Max will know that it was all a lie. He will be able to hear it in her voice, so she just nods her head yes.
Max looks away, the pain displayed openly on his face. 'How could MY Angel do that?' he asks himself. 'I know she's lying, I know her. She wouldn't give something that special and important up to someone that she doesn't love. I just don't know why she feels that she can't be with me.'
Max's thoughts were interrupted by a small sound. He wasn't sure what it was but it came from Liz's room so he cautiously walked back to the window to investigate. What he saw made his heart lurch. Liz was sitting on the floor in front of her bed crying hysterically. 'I wonder why she's crying.' Max thought.
"Why! Why do I always have to sacrifice my happiness for everyone else. It's just not fair. I know I shouldn't be selfish but why couldn't someone else have to give up their love?" Liz sobbed to herself.
Alarms went off in Max's head 'I knew it! She didn't sleep with Kyle. But why did she feel like she had to break my heart? Maybe she doesn't love me. Maybe I should just leave her alone and let her have a normal life.' he thought.
As Max began to walk away again he heard Liz whisper, "I'm so sorry Max, for all of this. For hurting you, and crushing your will. I love you..always."


Part 2:

Max stopped dead in his tracks upon hearing those words. A small smile spread across his face. 'She loves me...I can't believe it. How could I have even thought about giving up on us!' he thought.
Max stood there for a few more minutes debating whether or not to go back into Liz's room and get the truth or go home and let her tell him in her own sweet time. He didn't want to push her or make her uncomfortable by pushing her, but if he waited too long she may never tell him. He was at a crossroad and wasn't sure what to do.
Liz decided for him by opening the window and climbing out on the balcony. She decided that she needed to write in her journal because she couldn't take it anymore. All the lying, and the pain, she just needed to get it out somehow and her journal posed the perfect answer. As she stood up she saw Max standing there with a determined look on his face.
"Max? What are you doing here?" Liz asked. 'Oh God, I hope he didn't hear anything I said...if he was even standing out her that long.' she thought.
"I...um...I...Well you see I was on my way home but my pain was too much to handle and I started crying. I couldn't see so there was no way I could make it down the ladder without killing myself, so I waited here until I calmed down a bit." Max answered not caring if he sounded weak because he felt weak without Liz. "I heard you Liz. Do you want to explain it to me?" he said.
Liz got a look like a deer caught in headlights. She didn't know what to do. 'I should be strong and lie to him again, but if he overheard me then he will just know I was lying. Oh man, what should I do.' she asked herself.
"Max, it's really complicated, and you wouldn't believe me anyway. Can't we just leave well enough alone?" she pleaded.
"Liz, all I want is the truth. If you really hate my guts, or don't love me anymore then just tell me. I can handle that, just please stop lying to me." he begged then added, "I just really need to know Liz. What could possible drive you away from me with such a vengeance?"
"Max..." Liz whispered with tears spilling down her cheeks.
Max took a step towards Liz and wrapped his arms around her. "Please Liz, believe in us, we can overcome anything."
"I can't lie to you anymore. It's tearing me up inside. I am hurting as much as you are, you have to believe me, but I did what I had to do for everyone's safety. Trust me when I say that I do love you, and I always will. You are my everything." Liz said. "But you also must have faith enough in me to let me find a way to put it all together and tell you after my shift. I start in 20 minutes. I promise that after closing I will tell you everything. I want this hurting to stop. I think we should get everyone together and I will tell all of you because I owe an explanation to everyone."
"Ok, I will wait until after your shift. I'll pick you up here at 9, and we will all meet at Michael's. Is that alright?" he said.
"Yeah that's fine. I'll see you at 9. Bye Max." Liz said.
"Bye Liz. I'll see you later."


Part 3:

It was almost closing time and Liz was getting nervous. She knew that she had to do the right thing and tell everyone but she was afraid of what their reactions would be when they found out. Would Max be mad at her? Would Tess gloat? Isabel and Michael were already mad at her because they thought that she drove Max away. Kyle would feel used and what about Maria and Alex. Maria will feel betrayed because Liz didn't tell her about any of this, and Alex, well would he feel that she was weak? There were just too many uncertainties and Liz felt like she was going to throw up.
"I can't do this." she said out loud.
With all of her thoughts running through her head she didn't hear the door open.
"Yes you can Liz, and I will be sitting there holding your had if you would like. We can get through this. We are all falling apart, no one is communicating anymore. We are all keeping secrets, and it's tearing us apart. We have to be strong and stay together. We can only accomplish things when we are a unit...and lately we aren't." Max said.
Liz knew he was right. She could see it herself. No one trusted each other at the moment. Everything that they had built was falling apart. Her FAMILY was breaking up.
"You're right Max. I'm sorry, I'm just afraid of what everyone will say when they find out. I don't want you to hate me. But I can do this and I will. Just give me five minutes, I have to change. I don't want to go over to Michael's in my uniform." Liz said.
Max waited patiently for Liz to finish and come out of the back room. He was beginning to get worried that Liz wasn't going to come out. Just as he was about to go back there and get her she walked out the door.
"Sorry, my mom stopped me and wanted to talk to me. Are we ready?" she asked.
"I'm ready. Let's go." Max said.
The drive to Michael's went on in silence. Max keep looking over at Liz to make sure that she was ok. He could tell that she was shaking, and reached over and grabbed her hand. He gave it a reassuring squeeze and Liz smiled at him in turn.
They got to Michael's too quickly for Liz's taste. She wanted to prolong the agony of reliving this nightmare a little longer, but realized that there was nothing that she could do. It was now or never.
Max and Liz walked up to the apartment complex hand in hand. Max was afraid of letting go because Liz looked so scared. 'What could possibly have happened for Liz to look so frightened?' Max asked himself.
'Ok Liz, you can do this. You are strong and no one is going to hate you for trying to give Max up. No, they are going to hate me for being weak because I still love him and nothing can change that. Not even the end of the world.' Liz thought to herself.
Max knocked on Michael's door and it opened almost immediately. Max was shocked. It usually took Michael a couple of minutes to open the door, but Max suspected that everyone was anxious to hear what Liz had to say.
Liz looked up to see Michael standing at the door. He had a cold expression on his face, and Liz flinched in spite of it. 'This is going to be harder then I thought.' she said to herself.
Max walked in still holding Liz's hand.
"Ok everyone I'm only going to say this once. Let Liz tell this at her own pace, Do NOT rush her, and stop giving her death looks Michael. This is really hard on her, and even though I don't know what it is she has to tell she's really scared of our reactions." Max said.
Everyone nodded their heads in understanding and Michael softened his gaze.
"Sorry Liz." Michael said.
She smiled at him, "It's ok Michael. I understand why you are mad. I just hope that this clears everything up."

Part 4:

Liz sat on the couch and Max sat down next to her and took her hand again. She looked from her hand to Max's face and smiled. Just as promised he held her hand to give her the added support that she needed.
"Ok where to begin. Well, it all started when Maria dragged Alex and I to a psychic with her. The psychic told me that my love would chose Love over Destiny. I was so excited. When I got home, me being the dork that I am, pretended to say my vows to Max and all that jazz. Then all of a sudden there was a flash of light and everything in my room started to shake. I was curious as to what it was and bent down to look out the window. That was when I saw boots, and a minute later a face appeared in my window. The man walked into my room and I freaked. He looked just like Max, and even said he was Max. I went nuts yelling, You aren't Max, your some kind of shapeshifter or something. He caught me and put his hand over my mouth to stop my yelling and said, I am Max, from 14 years in the future. He proved it to me by telling me that my Max, the younger Max was going to show up outside my balcony with a Mariatchi band and serenade me. Then he was going to throw up Roses at me, red ones but at the last second he would change them to white ones because he remembered that white are my favorite. And as predicted Max showed up and did all of those things." Liz said. "Is everyone following so far?"
"Yeah chica I think we are. But what has any of this got to do with why you broke Max's heart and your own heart, I can tell you hurt too?" Maria asked.
"I'm getting to that I promise...Just be patient with me. Ok so back to the telling of this tale. I asked Future Max, as I will refer to him now so we don't get confused. I asked him, what do you want from me and he said, I need you to help me change the future. I NEED YOU TO HELP ME FALL OUT OF LOVE WITH YOU! That's what he told me. I looked at him like he was nuts. Why I asked him. And he told me that he couldn't tell me all the details but he would give me some. He said that 14 years in the future the world came to an end because of our love and that I needed to change that. I went to talk to Tess and try to help her and Max get together. Future Max and I set up a meeting date and everything, but Max saw me looking out from the blinds in Whitiker's office and came over. He kissed me and told me that Tess would never be me. In some small way my heart was flipping, and I was thinking, he doesn't love Tess, he will never love Tess, but then the rational side of me was thinking, he has to." she said. "Oh darn I forgot this part, so I've got to go back for a second. While Future Max and I were watching Tess and Max I asked Future Max if we had ever gotten married. He said yes, we eloped when we were 19. I was so happy at that moment. Just to know that Max and I got married. Ok sorry I just had to share everything. Um, can I get a drink please?"
"Yeah sure, what do you want?" Michael asked.
"Um whatever you've got is fine." Liz answered.
Michael came back with a Coke for Liz and settled back on the chair with Maria.
Liz took a sip of her Coke and looked at everyone. They all seemed interested in this story so far, and no one looked like they were about to kill her so that was good.
"When that didn't work I went to Max's and told him that I wanted a normal life with a normal person. I also told him that I wouldn't die for him. I was crying the whole time I walked home. Future Max and I were sitting on my balcony and he started to disappear, and I thought I did it. I thought I made Max fall out of love with me...but then Future Max came back and we realized I failed again. He told me I had to think of something else. I told him what else was there for me to do...I mean I told him that I wouldn't die for him. I mean I wouldn't be alive if it wasn't for Max, of course I would die for him. The next day I was talking to Maria, and she was going on and on about Michael and Courtney, and I got an idea. If I could make Max see me in bed with another guy then I know that he would hate me. So I asked Kyle to help me, and not ask questions. He did and I arranged for Max to see me in bed with Kyle. Future Max had told me that Max would be coming to see me with Gomez tickets and that we wouldn't make it to the concert instead we would have cemented our relationship that night. We would then be inseparable, and because of that our love drove Tess away and since she wasn't here you four weren't strong enough when the skins came. He told me that he held Michael dead just before he came here and that Isabel died two weeks before. So I had to do everything in my power to help you all. I couldn't be the reason that Michael and Isabel died. So I made it look like Kyle and I slept together, but we didn't. We only talked. You can ask Kyle." Liz finished.
Everyone was looking at her with mouths wide open. The story seemed hard to believe but she knew that everyone was thinking about what she had said trying to process it.
"Oh my gosh. It's all my fault. If I hadn't left none of this would have happened." Tess said.
"No Tess, you left because we all treated you badly. Especially Max and I. Future Max told me that. You never felt accepted, and for that I'm sorry." Liz said.
"Oh Chica, I'm so sorry that you had to go through that. I can understand why you felt that you had to do that. I'm just sorry that you had to do it alone. And I can't believe that I gave you the idea to make Max jealous with another guy. If only I could keep my big mouth shut." Maria said.
"Maria it's not your fault. Please don't blame yourself." Liz said giving Maria a hug.
"Liz, I wish you could have told me all of this earlier but I understand why you didn't. I still love you and I never stopped. I was upset, but I still loved you." Max said.
Liz looked at him with tears in her eyes. She could feel his love radiating off of him.
"Kyle, I'm sorry that I used you. I hope you can forgive me." Liz said.
"I knew that you were using me...you sorta let me know that. At first I didn't know why you wanted to hurt Evans, and I am sorry that I played a part in this, but I'm happy that it's all ok now. You are forgiven Liz don't worry about that." Kyle told her.
Isable just looked at Liz. "I'm so sorry for treating you badly Liz. I should have known that the rumors were false and that you never do anything unless you are trying to protect us. Can you forgive me." Isabel asked.
"Yes. I was upset at first with you for being so harsh, but I understood where you were coming from too. Max left and told me where he was going, but not either of you. We know now why he didn't tell you but we didn't know then." Liz said.
Isabel and Liz hugged, and everyone started talking all at once. "Why do these things always have to happen when we start to get things back on track?" Alex asked.
"I don't know Alex, I don't know." Max answered.


Part 5:

It was about 11:00 by the time Liz was finished telling her story, and since the next day was Saturday and both Liz and Maria had off everyone decided to hang out. Max said that he would drive Liz home, Alex offered Isabel a ride, and Tess was going home with Kyle. Maria said good bye to Michael and everyone went home.
None of them noticed the two men sitting in the Explorer across the street watching the teens with interest. They were all too wrapped up in their own litle worlds.
Once they all left Michael's the one man in the Explorer picked up the phone and dialed a number.
"Nicholas, we've found them. They live in the town of Roswell. Yes sir, we won't do anything until you get here. Right, I'll keep an eye on them and phone in if anything changes. Yes, next time we will have the others so we can find out where they all live. At the moment we know where the second in command resides." The man said.
Max stopped in front of the Crashdown, and opened his door. He walked over to the passenger side door and opened it for Liz. She got out and they both walked to the back entrence of the Crashdown. Liz didn't know what was going to happen now, but she was happy that Max knew the truth, and she was relieved that no one hated her.
"I'll pick you up tomorrow at about 11, and we will all head over to the Reservation, and the cave. It will be more secluded there, and the pod chamber will just bring back too many painful memories." Max said.
"Yeah I know. Ok, I'll be ready by 11. I will see you then. Good night Max." Liz replied.
"Good night Liz." Max said giving Liz a little kiss on the cheek. He didn't want to push her right now because she'd gone through so much, but he really just wanted to kiss her silly.
Liz gave Max a hug and whispered in his ear, "Thank you for everything, but mostly for believing in me and loving me." Then she kissed him, and all of her love washed over Max.
When they broke the kiss Max felt drunk. He didn't want to leave Liz, but he had to because he could hear her parents inside.
"Liz, I think you should go inside now I think your parents are getting worried. I will see you tomorrow morning. I love you." Max said.
"I love you too Max, always." Liz replied.

Everyone was at the Crashdown at 11 the next morning. Max, Michael, and Isabel were in their regular booth drinking Orange Juice and Tabasco sause waiting for the others. Two minutes later Liz came walking out of the back room and spotted them. She walked over and said good morning taking a seat next to Isabel. Maria and Alex were the next two to walk in the door, closely followed by Tess and Kyle. Once everyone was there Max told them that they were going to the Cave for some privacy.
They decided to only take two cars so Max and Maria drove. Max, Liz, Kyle, and Tess went in Max's jeep, and Maria, Michael, Alex, and Isabel went in the Jetta. Before they left the restaurant Liz grabbed the cooler that she packed before coming into the Crashdown, and a bottle of Tabasco sause. A half hour later they were at the Reservation and parked outside the cave.
No one noticed the car that followed them or the three people who stepped out of the car after them. The eight teens walked into the cave and settled down for a long discussion. Max and Tess were going to tell everyone about what happened in New York, and they were going to try and come up with a plan.
"Ok, I guess the first thing we should tell you is that Rath and Lonnie were pretty much evil people. The posed as Michael and Isabel to goad me into going to New York. I took Tess with me because at the time she was the only one I trusted. Rath and Lonnie made me think I was fighting with Michael and Isabel, so I got angry and decided that I was going to leave. Tess agreed to come with me, and we all jumped in the car, well minus Ava, and headed for the Big Apple." Max started.
"They used Valandra to get us to fight didn't they?" Isabel asked.
"Yes they did. Lonnie came and told me all about it." Max said.
"Ok, question." Alex said. "Who is Valandra?"
"I guess I should answer that one." Isabel said. "Valandra was me in my past life. I was the one who betrayed Max, Michael and Tess. I betrayed them because I loved Kavar. I was the reason we all died."
"But that's not who you are now. I know deep in my soul that you would never betray me Isabel, never." Max said.
"Anyway Max had to pass a test before we could go to the councel. He met with the person he had to meet with and the test was to see if he had the location of our planet sysytem in his head. He did and we got to meet with the councel." Tess continued.
"When we got to the meeting, Nicholas was there speaking for Kavar." Max said.
This revelation elicited gasps from everyone but Tess.
"What do you mean Nicholas was there? I thought we destroyed all the skins. Well ok, I thought Tess destroyed all the skins." Maria said.
"I don't know how, but he was there, and so was Brodie. The councel members are still on their planets so they had to use humans to corraspond for them. And since Nicholas is Kavar's right hand man he used him." Max answered.
"They wanted the Granolith." Tess continued. "But Max wouldn't give it up. He said that it was put in his protection, and that's where it would stay."
"I remembered your warning Liz about the Granolith being very powerful and it being in the wrong hands being dangerous so I said no. I didn't know then how you knew but I just knew I had to trust you." Max said.
"Future Max used the Granolith to get to me. I think I forgot to tell you guys that last night. That's how I knew it was powerful." Liz replied.
"Well this sheds some new light on everything." Alex said.
"Yeah, I bet if the Skins got their hands on the Granolith they would go back in time and destroy your parents so you would never be born or something." Kyle said.
"That's why we can't ever let them know where it is hidden." Max told everyone.
They all readilly agreed. There were too many lives at stake, and all eight of the teens would give their lives before letting the Skins get the Granolith.

"Nicholas, we followed them to and Indian Reservation, but I don't think the Granolith is here. We are trying to listen to their conversation, but they are very far inside a cave, and if we go too far in they will notice us." the solider said.
"Just keep tailing them and find out as much as you can...I want the Granolith, and I will get it." Nicholas said. 'I figured that they would have left Roswell, NM by now. I guess the Granolith is somewhere near there or else they would have abandoned that place knowing that we are still alive.' he thought. 'I will find the Granolith and then Kavar will get rid of Max Evans for good.'


Part 6:

Once he hung up the phone with Nicholas, Marcus, decided that he was going to try and hear what the group was talking about inside the cave. He figured if he didn't go in too far that they would never know he was there and maybe he would get some valuable information. So he started to walk towards the entrance.
"Marcus what are you doing? You can't go in there they will see you." Paul said.
"Look I'm just going to go in a little bit to see if I can hear anything. It's pointless to just stand around out here, we aren't getting any information other then we know where they went. If they catch me I will use an excuse like I'm a lost tourist or something don't worry." Marcus explained.
Paul could only nod in agreement because Marcus out ranked him and he would do what he wanted to anyway. There was no stopping him when he got an idea in his head. The only people he listened to were Nicholas and Kavar.
Marcus walked into the opening of the cave and listened for voices. He could hear the teens but couldn't make out what they were saying. 'Damn, I have to go further inside. They won't know I'm here, I'll just be really quiet.' He thought to himself.
As he was making his way further inside the cave he tripped over a rock and almost fell. He held his breath hoping that none of the teens heard him.
Liz's head shot up at the sound. She looked around and noticed that no one else heard it. She didn't know if she was imagining it or not but she wasn't going to take the chance In case it was someone. They were talking about things that the Skins would love to know about and if someone was in the cave they couldn't overhear it. Skin or human it would be awful.
"Did you guys hear that." Liz whispered in case the person was within hearing range.
"Hear what?" Max whispered back.
"I thought I heard a noise. Let's just talk about normal stuff for a couple of minutes and then head outside for lunch. That way we can see if someone is really there. I don't think it's wise to continue talking about Czech stuff just in case." Liz said.
"Liz is right. We will just have to put this discussion off until we know for sure." Michael replied.
Everyone looked at him like, Since when is Michael sensible.
"What? I know when things get too dangerous and when to keep my mouth shut." Michael said.
"Really? You are usually the leap before you look Michael Guerin." Alex replied.
Michael just shot Alex a look that said, if you weren't my friend I'd probably kill you.
"So what do you guys want to do tonight?" Maria asked trying to steer the conversation to normal things.
"Well, we could go see a movie." Kyle suggested.
"No, movies are too boring and we go there a lot." Tess said.
"How about dancing?" Alex asked.
"No, Max doesn't really like to dance." Isabel answered.
"Well, what about bowling?" Liz questioned.
"Bowling?" Michael asked.
"Yeah you know it the sport where you roll a ball down an ally and knock over some pins." Alex teased.
"Hardy har har. I know what bowling is dope. I just don't figure us as bowling people." Michael snapped.
Alex didn't take it to heart. Michael always gets snippy when anyone makes fun of him.
"Well, Bowler City has Cosmic bowling every Saturday night. It could be fun." Alex said.
"What's cosmic bowling?" Tess asked.
"It's the coolest. The lanes are all dark, and the only lights that are on are black lights, well and strobe lights. The pins are lit up too so you can see them and they play loud music. It's so much fun." Kyle explained.
"Sounds good to me, something different." Max said.
"Yeah sounds good to us too." Isabel, Liz, Maria, and Alex said.
"Count me in too. This I've got to see." Tess added.
"What do you say Michael?" Maria asked.
"Yeah sure why not." Michael said.
"Ok, everyone I think it's time for some chow." Kyle whispered. He didn't want to alert their spy so that they could catch whoever it was.
The eight of them got up and started walking towards the entrance. Max lead the way holding on to Liz's hand, and Michael was next to Max, with Maria holding his hand walking slightly behind him. They silently decided to let Max and Michael take the front because Max could use a shield if needed and Michael could blast anyone if the need arose.
Marcus didn't hear them approaching. He was annoyed. 'They weren't talking about anything of importance, just plans for the night. This mission is such a waste of time. We are never going to find out anything.' He thought to himself.
"Excuse me, can we help you with anything?" Max asked Marcus.
Marcus jumped three feet in the air. He mentally kicked himself. 'You can never let your guard down fool.' He yelled at himself.
"Yes you can actually. I am lost I think. I was trying to find the Reservation so I might tour it and I ended up here. I saw your cars outside and thought I might come in and get some directions." Marcus lied.
"Oh well come outside with us and I'll give you directions. It's really not far." Max explained.
Marcus knew he was defeated today and had no other choice but to follow the enemy king and his followers out. They stopped by the jeep and Max gave Marcus directions.
"Thank you so much all of you. Its nice to know that there are still people out there willing to help a stranger in need." Marcus said shaking everyone's hands.
As soon as Marcus touched Liz's hand she got a flash. She saw Marcus and Nicholas together practicing their powers on a planet that she'd never seen before. She could see how powerful Nicholas was. That was all she saw because Marcus pulled his hand away and proceeded to shake hands with the rest of the group.
"Thank you again." Marcus said getting into the Explorer and driving off.
"That was a close one Marcus. I told you that you were going to get caught but you wouldn't listen to me." Paul said.
"Look I screwed up ok, I'm sorry, but they don't know anything. We'll just wait for them outside the Crashdown, and have the teams follow them home." Marcus said.
As soon as the car was out of sight Max turned to everyone just to make sure that they were ok. He noticed Liz shaking and pulled her into his embrace.
"What's wrong Liz?" he asked concerned.
"I got a flash when Marcus touched me. He's a Skin. I saw him and Nicholas practicing their powers. Nicholas is so powerful it was scary." Liz said.
"Did you see anything else?" Michael asked.
"No, the contact was too brief. How come I can get flashes and none of you can?" Liz asked.
"I'm not sure, but Ava did say that you were changed since I healed you maybe this is one of your powers. You can see the evil within Liz. Like my mother said...you will know your enemy's by the evil within." Isabel said.
"Yeah but I don't want to have to touch everyone to find out if they are evil or not." Liz countered.
"Well, then I think we need to work on your powers and make them stronger so hopefully you will just be able to look at someone and see that they are evil." Tess said. "I'm willing to help you whenever you want to Protec."
"Thanks Tess. I think that is a very good idea. I need to learn what powers I have and how to control them if I'm going to be able to help." Liz said.
"Well, I definitely feel like the odd man out. I mean you all have powers, and I'm just a computer geek. I mean you healed Kyle too so is he going to have powers now too?" Alex said.
"I don't know." Max replied. "I wish Ava was here because then I'd ask her."
"Well, I guess the only thing we can do is wait and see what happens. I wonder if Liz had powers all along or did it take a year for them to show up." Isabel inquired.
"I didn't feel any different. Well, I still don't so I guess that doesn't answer that question." Liz stated.
"Look, I don't mean to sound like a jerk, but can we discuss this later? I'm starved." Kyle asked.
Everyone laughed.
"Yeah we'll talk about this more later. Liz when do you want to begin practice?" Max asked.
"I guess we could start tomorrow." Liz said.
"OK good. Lets eat and then bowl, and totally forget about aliens, and be just teenagers for one night." Maria said.
Everyone readily agreed. Liz got the cooler out of the jeep and everyone ate. They spent the rest of the afternoon just being teenagers, and when the sun started to set they packed everything up and headed back to the Crashdown. They ate dinner there, and after everyone split up and headed to the bowling ally.

Part 7:

Marcus, Paul, and the other Skins followed the teens to the bowling ally so that they could keep an eye on them. Marcus had to pretty much stay in the shadows because they know what he looks like, and he's pretty pissed about this.
"Damn, why couldn't I have just been smart for once in my life?" he asked to no one in particular.
"Because Marcus you always fly by the seat of your pants in life." Paul explained.
"Yeah well this crap sucks. Nicholas is probably going to nail my ass to a wall because I was so stupid. I could have totally blown it." Marcus said.
"Stop dwelling on it and focus on the rest of the mission. We can't have you falling apart, you're the guy in charge. If you lose it all the others will do something totally stupid." Paul said.
"You're right. Go over there and see what these stupid teens are doing. Bowling...could they have picked anything more boring to do." Marcus ordered.
Paul made his way over to where the eight teens were bowling. He didn't understand humans and their strange sport type activities to keep them busy. He just couldn't wait to get off this stinking planet and go home.

The teens stayed at the ally until 11:30 and then decided that they should call it a night.
"I had so much fun. I never knew bowling could be so cool." Tess said.
"I know, I'm sorry I knocked it earlier." Michael agreed.
"Well, you guys, I will see you tomorrow. Liz, good luck with the whole powers thing. Call me tomorrow and let me know how it all goes." Maria said. "Come on Michael, let's get going, I'm tired and I have to work the lunch shift tomorrow."
"Yeah guys see you tomorrow. Good luck Liz. Don't let Max or Isabel push you too hard." Michael offered following Maria to the Jetta.
"I won't Michael don't worry. I'll call you as soon as I get home Maria. Good night guys." Liz called after them.
"Well, I guess that's our cue to get moving too. I'll see you guys tomorrow. If you want some extra help tomorrow give me a call. Night." Tess said.
"Yeah good night. Good luck Liz, don't push yourself too hard. I know you a bit better the Michael does I think. Max and Isabel will be telling you to stop and you'll want to keep going. Make sure she stops when you think she's had enough." Kyle said.
"I will man, don't worry about it. I'm not going to let her overexert herself and have her get sick or something, but thanks for caring so much." Max said.
After Tess and Kyle got to their car Max opened the passenger side door of the jeep and Isabel and Alex climbed in. Once they were situated in the back seat Liz climbed in the front and Max drove away.
Liz glanced back nervously. She hadn't felt right since the cave incident. She just knew something was up, but she couldn't put a finger on it.
"Max, something doesn't feel right." Liz said softly trying not to worry Alex or Isabel.
"What do you mean Liz?" Max asked.
"I don't know I can't explain it but I've had an uneasy feeling since the cave. Do you think we might be being followed?" she asked.
Isabel looked out the back window. There was a car behind them but that didn't mean that they were necessarily being followed.
"Well, there is a car behind us, but it could be nothing." Isabel said.
Liz pulled out her cell phone and dialed Maria's cell number. Isabel did the same calling Tess.
"Maria, check your rearview mirror and see if there's a car tailing you." Liz said.
"Why Liz? What's going on?" Maria asked starting to get hysterical.
"Calm down Maria. I've just been feeling uneasy since this afternoon, and I want to make sure that the Skins aren't following us." Liz explained.
"Ok, I'm checking now. Well, there is a pickup truck behind me, but I don't know if it's following me or just going in the same direction." Maria said.
"Damn, ok hold on a sec." Liz told her turning to Max and the others. "She said that there's a pickup truck following behind her, but she doesn't know if it means anything either."
"Tess said that there is a car behind her too, but she doesn't know if it is following her or not." Isabel informed them.
"Ok tell everyone to make a sharp turn into the desert and meet by Route 285. That way we can see if the cars are following us or not." Max said.
Liz and Isabel told both Maria and Tess, and they decided to meet three miles from the "Welcome to Roswell" sign on the highway.
As Max turned the jeep around to head towards the desert Marcus and Paul didn't know what to do. Nicholas would kill them if they let the teens get away without trying to follow them, but what if somehow they knew that they were being followed. 'No, it's impossible," Marcus thought. 'They can't know that they are being followed.'
"Paul tell everyone to keep following the kids, for a little while anyway. If they start to think that the teens know that we are following them then meet back at headquarters." Marcus said.
Paul related the message to the other cars and watched the jeep in front of them for any signs of the passengers knowing that they were being followed.
Max made a shape 90 degree turn just to see if the car behind him would follow suit, and it did.
"Well, ladies and gentlemen, I believe we are being followed." Max said.
Just as the words left Max's mouth Liz and Isabel's phones started ringing.
"Hello," they both said.
"Liz, we are being followed." Maria said losing it.
"Ok, Maria calm down, we are being followed. Put Michael on the phone for a sec. Michael, listen, Maria usually has some Cyprus Oil in her glove compartment. Get it out and make her sniff some. She needs to calm down. Yes, we are being followed too. Yeah we'll try and lose them and meet you guys at the rendezvous point. Ok, tell Maria I said calm down and good bye." Liz said.
"Isabel, we are being followed. Kyle is trying to lose them but they are doing a pretty good job of keeping up with us. Should we call Sheriff Valenti?" Tess inquired.
"Hold on Tess let me ask. Hey they are being followed too. Tess wants to know if we should call the sheriff." Isabel said.
"Tell her hell yes, and ask him to send some patrol men out towards Route 285 just in case we can't lose them. Ask him to meet us three miles from the 'Welcome to Roswell' sign too. He will probably be able to make it there before we do." Max said.
Isabel relayed the message to Tess and hung up the phone. 'This is going to be a long night.' Isabel thought.
"Can't we just have one normal night as teenagers?" Liz asked.
"Nope, I mean we haven't had normal in over a year, why start now." Alex joked.
"Alex, remind me to tape your mouth closed the next time we are in a scary situation." Liz said.
"Gee I'm just trying to lighten the mood, Kill me why don't you." Alex said pretending to be offended.
Isabel couldn't help the laugh that erupted from her mouth. "Sometimes, I just don't know what to do with you Alex."
Liz smiled too despite herself. Her smile didn't last for too long though because she saw the look on Max's face. "What's wrong?"
"I can't shake them. What if we can't get away from these psychos?" Max said.
"We will Max, I just know we will. Please just hold it together until we lose them, and then breakdown. I need you to stay strong for me, I mean Maria's already freaking out and I can't have you going off the deep end now. Please, just hold it together a little longer." Liz pleaded.
Max looked over at his angel, and nodded his head. 'What kind of king would I be if I freaked out now?' he asked himself.
"Sorry, I am just afraid of what could happen to all of you if we don't get out of this." Max said.
"I know you are Max." Liz said.
Twenty minutes later they were still trying to lose the car, but every time they sped up or took a sharp turn the car was right behind them.
"Marcus, what are you doing. They know that they are being followed. They knew it since the bowling ally, I don't know how but they knew it. You said that once they knew we would leave them alone. I think it's time to back off." Paul said.
"Fine, I guess you are right. Tell everyone to meet back at base. We will figure out another way to find out where they live." Marcus said then added to himself, 'Just wait Max, I will get you, and your damned queen.'

Part 8:

When Max and the others reached the rendezvous point Sheriff Valenti was waiting there for them.
"What's going on? Who was following you?" He asked.
"We aren't one hundred percent sure but we think it was the Skins." Max said.
"Yeah, we met one of them this afternoon at the cave on the Reservation. When he shook my hand I got a flash of him and Nicholas so I knew who he was. I don't think he knows that I got a flash from him otherwise I think that we would be in bigger trouble then we are at the moment." Liz explained.
"So if they don't know that you know who they are, what are they after and why were they following you?" Valenti asked.
"My guess would be that they want the Granolith, and they just want to keep tabs on us. You know where we live and things like that so that they could have someone following each of us at any time." Michael said.
Alex just looked at Michael for a minute then asked, "How did you come up with that?"
"Well, I'm programed to be a soldier, and I guess part of that just came out in me. It is a good tactical plan. If you want to find something you are going to try and tail anyone who knows where that this is hidden, it makes perfect sense." Michael explained.
"Michael's got a point. So from now on we don't go anywhere near the Pod Chamber or the Granolith unless we are 100% sure that we aren't being followed. Or unless we destroy all of the Skins, which ever comes first. Agreed?" Max stated.
"Agreed," everyone answered.
"Good, now let's go home, we've all got long days tomorrow." Isabel said taking charge.
"Thanks for coming out sheriff." Maria said.
"It's my job, and you all know I would do anything to keep you all safe." Valenti said.
Max dropped Alex off first. Isabel got out with him and they walked around back for a few private moments of good-bye time, as Liz called it.
"So, what are you doing tomorrow?" Isabel asked Alex.
"Well, I was thinking of looking on the net for places that the Skins could be shacked up, so that we might have some sort of clue as to their location. I don't know if I'm going to be able to come up with anything, but I'm going to try." Alex said.
"That sounds like a good idea. I'll let Max know. So you'll be home for most of the day then right?" she inquired again.
"Yeah, most likely all day just sitting in front of my computer." He said.
"I will call you when Max and I are done helping Liz. If you want I can stop by and help you with your research." Isabel offered.
"Yeah that sounds great. That way you can remind me to like eat and take a break and stuff. Once I get going on that computer I never want to get off. I'm 100% geek." Alex replied.
"Yeah, that may be true, but you are 100% my geek." Isabel told him.
He just smiled at that and pulled her in for a hug. Isabel smiled back and gave him a quick kiss good night.
"Good night Alex." She said.
"Good night Isabel. I will talk to you tomorrow." He answered.
Alex walked Isabel back to the front of the house so he could make sure that she made it to the jeep. With everything that had been going on the past few weeks, he wasn't taking any chances. There could be Skins all around.
Once Isabel climbed back into the jeep she turned to Alex and blew him a kiss. He smiled and walked into the house. Once Alex was inside Max took off and headed to his house. He had decided that he was dropping Isabel off first and then was taking Liz home. Isabel didn't mind. Max and Liz were so in love and gushy that sometimes she would go into sugar shock just watching them.
After Max dropped Isabel off and made sure that she was inside he started towards Liz's house. He took her hand and held it all the way there, just needing to touch her for comfort. He was clearly shaken up by what had happened today and since it was just the two of them his wall was starting to crumble.
"It's ok Max, you don't have to be strong anymore, it's just me." Liz told him.
"But I do have to be strong Liz. I need to be strong to protect you." He said.
"Max, I know that you won't let anything happen to me, you love me too much. And just remember neither of us could ever be weak as long as we have each other and we follow our hearts. I almost forgot that last month and I could have destroyed us. I'm not going to make that mistake again, and I won't let you make it either. I love you." Liz said.
Max didn't know what to say he was awestruck by her. He doesn't know how she always manages to do it but she makes him fall more in love with her every day.
They got to the Crashdown much to quickly for either of their tastes. Max wanted to spend a little bit more time with Liz but he knew that her parents heard the jeep pull up in front of the house because the Living Room light went on.
"Meet me on my balcony in 10 minutes. I just have to talk to my parents and explain why we are late. I'm sure that they are freaking out." Liz said.
"Ok, no problem. I'll be there waiting for you." Max said giving her a quick kiss. He didn't feel the need to deepen it because one, her parents were already mad because they were late, and two he was meeting her in 10 minutes. There was plenty of time for that then.
True to his word Max was standing outside Liz's window 10 minutes later. Liz opened the window and stepped out on the balcony. She flung herself into his arms and kissed him. The kiss quickly deepened and neither could hold back their passion for long. It seemed like ages since they had kissed like this.
"God, I'm so sorry that I made us miss out on these." Liz murmured.
"Liz stop worrying about it. It was in the past, I didn't believe that you could do that to me, and I love you so don't dwell on it. I've already forgotten it." Max told her.
"You're right I'm sorry. I'm trying, really I am and I promise I will never mention it again." Liz told him.
"Good, now be quiet and kiss me again." Max said.
She had no problem obeying that order. Max deepened the kiss and ran his hands down her back and began to slowly bring them back up over her stomach. This elicited a moan from Liz. Max smiled against her lips loving the fact that he could drive her wild. Max broke away from Liz and the disappointment was evident on her face.
"I think we should take this little party inside." Max said.
"Why?" Liz asked.
"Well, because it's going to rain any second and I don't want you getting sick." Max told her.
He took her hand and led her through the window. Once she was back inside he pushed her up against the wall and ravished her mouth. She was startled by his boldness, but at the same time she loved it. 'This man is going to be the death of me.' She though as she moaned into his mouth.

Part 9:

Max knew that he should slow things down but he was quickly losing control. Only Liz Parker could make him lose control like this. He loved her with all his heart and soul.
"Liz, maybe we should slow down." Max said.
"I don't want to slow down Max. I am ready, and I am sure. I just want you Max, all of YOU!" Liz told him.
The words, "I want you," kept ringing in Max's ears. 'I don't know what I did to deserve her love, but I'm so happy that I've got it.' Max thought to himself.
Max slowly got some of his control back and started moving them towards the bed. When he felt it hit the back of his knees he turned them around and gently laid Liz down in the center. Doing this caused him to break their kiss momentarily.
Liz's disappointment was evident on her face, when Max pulled away, but when she saw his intent she smiled. He looked into her eyes asking her permission, and the smile that she gave him was answer enough.
Max slowly pulled Liz's top up kissing every inch of exposed skin as it was bared to him. He started at the spot where he healed her last year and worked his way up. When he reached her breasts he stopped and pulled the shirt the rest of the way off.
Max couldn't believe his eyes, and thanked his lucky stars. Liz Parker was sitting in front of him in nothing but a bra and jeans. He could slowly feel his self control slipping away again.
Liz took the break in Max's assault and used it to her advantage. She pulled his shirt out of his jeans and began pulling it off. As with Max she also kissed every piece of exposed skin that was made visible to her. The taste his skin was intoxicating and she couldn't get enough. Once his shirt was completely off she pushed him down so he was laying on his back.
Liz straddled his hips and kissed him with all the love and passion that she felt. The kiss left them both dizzy and craving more. Liz started kissing his jaw line and made her way down to his neck. Max threw his head back and basked in what the sensations Liz's kisses were doing to him. Ever so slowly Liz made her way down to Max's chest. She started kissing him all over and thought, 'well girls like it, let's see if Max does.'
Liz licked Max's nipple, he groaned and almost jumped off the bed. Liz smiled against his chest, 'well, I guess he likes it,' she thought. Not wanting the other nipple to feel excluded Liz made her way over and gave it the same treatment.
After thoroughly loving Max's chest Liz began trailing her kisses further downward. Licking his stomach and causing Max to groan every now and then. She felt so powerful knowing that she was driving him crazy. She stopped momentarily when she came in contact with his jeans. Liz looked up and met Max's gaze, as she reached for his button Max stopped her. Liz looked startled and hurt. 'Maybe he doesn't want me,' she thought. As she looked up to his face again she saw a mischievous smile plastered there.
"My turn," he said flipping them over so he was on top of her again.
Liz squealed, "Max!"
Max kissed her once again leaving them dizzy with desire. Max left a trial of kisses from her lips to the swell of her breasts. He kept teasing her by leaving sensual kisses just above the bra line, but never quite making it to her nipple.
Liz couldn't take it anymore, she reached behind her and unsnapped the bra. "Please Max.." she begged.
He didn't need any more of an invitation then that. He pulled the offending piece of clothing the rest of the way off and proceeded to love her the way she wanted. He slowly pulled her breast into his mouth, taking as much as would fit. He swirled his tongue around her nipple causing her to moan out loud. If he increased the pressure just a bit her breath would turn ragged, and she would moan a bit louder. Max couldn't believe that he could elicit such a response from her, it drove him crazy.
After paying special attention to her breasts Max started his ascent downward. He paused when he got to her jeans and looked up at Liz. What he saw took his breath away. Her head was thrown back and the look on her face was a cross between ecstasy, desire, and complete satisfaction.
When Liz realized that Max stopped she lifted her head to see what was wrong. She saw the look of complete wonder on his face and smiled at it. She knew how he felt, it was amazing to know that you put that look of desire on someone's face.
"Max," she whispered.
Hearing her voice shook him from his stupor and he smiled at her.
"I just wanted to make sure that you were still OK with all of this. If you want me to stop I will." Max said.
"I don't want to stop Max. I love you and I really want to do this." Liz answered overcome by how wonderful Max truly was.
He didn't say anything instead he started to unbutton her jeans. Liz watched him intently and lifted her hips up off the bed when he started pulling them down. All she had left on were her panties, yet she didn't feel embarrassed like she thought she might feel. She felt beautiful. Before Max could reach for her again she got up to her knees. Max shot her a questioning look wondering what was going through her head at the moment.
Liz just smiled and reached for his pants. He let her unbutton the fly and he helped her discard them on the floor, but it wasn't enough. Liz needed to see all of him so he hooked her fingers into the waist of his boxers and pulled them down and off in one swift motion. His throbbing erection smacked him in the stomach from being freed so quickly.
Liz had never seen an actual erect penis before and her scientific mind went into overdrive. She reached out her hand and touched it tentatively. Not really sure what to do. Max just let her explore him with a smile on his face. She ran her hand up and down the length of him wondering if it would actually fit inside her. Those thoughts caused a moment of fear to pass along her features, but Max noticed it.
"Liz I swear if you aren't 100% sure about this we can stop whenever you want." Max assured her. "I would never push you."
"I know you wouldn't Max, and I am 100% sure I promise..I was just wondering if it would fit. It..um..it's huge." she stammered.
Max chuckled he couldn't help it. "It will fit, don't worry."
Liz smiled up at him and continued her exploring. Then a thought popped into her head, 'I wonder what he tastes like.' Not being able to resist she slowly lowered her mouth to his head. She didn't really know what she was supposed to do, but instinct took over and she just followed her heart.
Liz flicked her tongue across the head causing Max to groan. Then ever so slowly she pulled the whole head into her mouth, while swirling her tongue around it. She lowered her head some more taking more and more of Max into her hot, eager mouth until he was completely enveloped. Then she slowly started making her way back to the tip. Max's breath was coming out fast and shallow now. He didn't now how much more of this sweet torture he could take.
Liz quickened her pace and she knew she was driving Max wild. He kept clinching and unclenching his fists in her comforter, and every so often he would moan her name.
Max felt like he was going to explode. The sensations were too much for him and he lost all control. As Liz picked up the pace his hips jerked up to meet her. He was a little afraid he was going to choke her, but she seemed ok, then all of a sudden he felt his release coming closer. He reached for Liz's head trying to pull her off, but she knew what he was trying to do and she would have none of it. She wanted to taste him, all of him.
Liz looked up and Max caught her eye. He could tell by the look on her face that she wanted him to lose control and that she didn't want him to pull away. The realization of that brought him over the edge and he erupted into her mouth. She tried to swallow all of it, but it was shooting out too fast, but she got as much as she could. He was a mixture of sweet and salty, and she couldn't get enough. When Liz had sucked him dry she continued to suck on him cleaning him off. Max couldn't take it anymore and finally managed to pull her away from him. He brought his lips to hers and kissed her senseless. The taste of him on her lips was erotic to say the least.
Max laid Liz back on the bed and started kissing her abdomen again this time not stopping at the barrier in his way. He hooked his thumbs in the waist of her panties and slowly pulled them down, caressing her legs with his palms as he went. When he got her panties off he flung them on the floor and started to make his way back up her legs. He placed alternate kisses on each leg until he came to her thighs. Once there Liz parted her legs a bit so Max could have access to anything he wanted.
He placed wet kisses on each of her thighs moving slowly to her hot center. Liz thought she was going to go crazy knowing Max was there but him not touching her. As if reading her thoughts Max brought his hand up and placed one finger inside her center. He was surprised at how wet she was, but he was ecstatic because he knew he was the reason that she was that wet. While he explored her center with his one hand he brought his other hand up to massage her breasts.
After a few minutes of this Max could wait no longer he needed to taste her. So he slowly brought his mouth to her core and removed his finger. He ran his tongue up and down her lips a few times getting a taste of her. Her smell and taste were like a drug that Max couldn't get enough of. He dove in like this was the last meal he would ever have again. Liz trashed around on the bed wildly. She couldn't believe how wonderful this all felt. Max found her clit and started stabbing it with his tongue causing Liz to cry out. After a few strokes of his tongue Liz squeezed her thighs around his head and cried out as her orgasm overtook her. Max lapped up her juices greedily not wanting to miss any of it, she just tasted so good. After her breathing calmed down a little bit she pulled Max back up to her and kissed him.
"Thank you." she murmured against his lips.
"No thank you." he said.
Not wanting the moment to end Liz grabbed Max's erection and guided him to her core. Max looked into her eyes to see if there was any doubt there, but all he saw was love. He slowly made his way inside of her stopping when he reached her barrier.
"Liz I don't know if I can do this. I don't want to hurt you." Max whispered with tears in his eyes.
"Max, it's supposed to hurt for a minute. Please, I need you." Liz told him.
He nodded his head and kissed her as he trust forward breaking her membrane. He felt her stiffen and mentally kicked himself. He didn't move letting Liz get accustomed to his size.
The pain wasn't really as bad as the thought it was going to be, but she could tell Max was worried. When she felt no pain at all she started moving her hips to let Max know that she was all right and that she wanted to continue. Max noticed the slight movement and looked into Liz's eyes. She nodded her head and he began moving, slow at first letting her get used to the feeling, but both of their desire's came crashing into them and he picked up the pace.
Their connection flared up and Max could feel what Liz was feeling, and vice versa. The could feel each other's love surrounding them like a blanket. They reached climax together calling out the other's name. Max collapsed on top of Liz and rested his forehead against hers keeping most of his weight on his arms.
"I love you." he whispered.
"I love you too." she replied.
Max rolled over on his side and pulled Liz against him.
"I guess it's a good thing my parents are out of town for the weekend because they probably would have stormed in here I was so loud." Liz said blushing.
Max just smiled and kissed her forehead. They stayed wrapped in each other's arms and drifted off to sleep.

Part 10:

Max awoke a couple of hours later and smiled when he realized that Liz was asleep in his arms. Then images of the night before came crashing into his brain and his smile grew. It was almost 5:30 in the morning and he needed to get home before his parents woke up and realized that he didn't come home that night. He figured he could tell them that he spent the night at Michael's but deep down inside he knew that his parents wouldn't believe him.
Max tried to quietly get out of bed trying not to disturb Liz, but he didn't know that she had woken up at the exact same moment that he did. He slowly got out from under the covers and looked around for his clothes. Liz couldn't help but smile at the sight of him. 'GOD! He just looks good enough to eat,' she thought. As if sensing her thoughts Max turned around and smiled at her.
"I'm sorry I didn't mean to wake you up." Max said.
"You didn't wake me up, I woke up at the same time you did." Liz told him.
"I'm sorry but I've got to leave and get home before my parents realize that I'm gone." Max said.
"Don't worry, I understand. I mean if my parents were home you'd have to leave anyway because they would totally flip and forbid me to see you if they ever caught you in my room, naked, and in bed with me." Liz said.
"I could never let that happen. This past couple of months without you was hard enough. I don't ever want to go through that again," he told her.
Liz nodded in agreement, and watched as Max finished getting dressed. She just drank in the sight of his bear chest, and wished that he was still in bed so she could kiss him all over, but she knew that he couldn't. It would mean them getting in major trouble and not being able to see one another, and that was just inexecutable.
"Um, Max? What time do you want me to come over to practice?" Liz asked.
"Well, I don't know what time Izzy is going to get up, but I guess you could come over by like 9, or so." Max said.
Liz just looked at him. 'Is he crazy, 9! I can't wait that long to see him again.' She said to herself.
"Yes, you can. Nine isn't that far away, and besides don't you have to like open the Crashdown?" Max said.
"HUH?" Liz asked.
"Well, you said I was crazy and that 9 was too far away to not see me or something, and I answered you." Max explained.
"No, I thought all that stuff, I know for a fact that I didn't say it out loud." Liz told him.
Max got a frightened look on his face. 'How in the world am I reading her thoughts? This is just two weird. I've got to ask Izzy, Tess, and Michael about this.' He said to himself.
"I don't know how we are reading each other's thoughts, but asking Michael, Isabel, and Tess is probably a very good idea." Liz said.
Max looked shocked. "OK, I think that from now on, until we figure this out, we should just make sure that when we hear stuff that we actually spoke it. This might freak the others out. In some weird way I like the fact that I will know what's going on in your head." He said with a smile.
"Yeah well, you will probably blush at half the stuff that runs through my head. Oh, this could be so much fun." Liz said.
"Liz.." Max warned.
"Don't worry Max I wouldn't embarrass you. Well, not on purpose anyway, sometimes I just can't help myself. I wonder if this is one of my powers, or if this is just between you and me." Liz said.
"I have no idea whatsoever, but I guess we could try that out today at my house too. See if you and Izzy can communicate without actually speaking." Max replied.
By now it was 5:45, and Max really had to go or else he was going to get caught. he made his way over to the bed and leaned down to kiss Liz. The moment their lips met the connection between the two flared up stronger then ever. They could feel what the other person was feeling as if those feelings were their own. In that instant they knew that without the other they would never be complete. They were the other halves of each other, and even though that information would have scared a lot of people, it only brought them a sense of peace.
"I will see you at nine. I love you." Max said.
"I love you too." Liz replied.
She watched as Max climbed out the window and disappeared down the fire escape. She had a huge smile on her face. 'I made love with the man of my dreams last night, and today I found out that he is my other half. Can life get any better.' She thought.
'No, I don't thing so. Well, when one day you become my wife and have my children, then my life will be complete.' Max answered her thought.
Liz sighed, having Max's children and becoming Mrs. Max Evans. Yes, that is definitely when her life would be complete, that is the only thing she wants.
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Max ran down the alleyway and jumped into the jeep, his thoughts running rampant, between his thoughts and Liz's that he didn't notice the Explorer parked across the street in front of the Crashdown.
"Well, we can assume that this is where the Parker girl lives. It can't be Tess, because the 'King' wouldn't be leaving Tess' house at this time of the morning wearing the same clothes that he wore yesterday. Which means that the two have already mated. Nicholas is going to be pissed, now these two will be extremely strong. We might have to push up the attack before they produce an heir." Marcus told Paul, then added, "Follow the 'King' we need to know where he lives. Don't let him see you, we can't have another incident like yesterday especially since he has mated with his 'Queen'."



posted on 5-Sep-2001 10:23:15 PM
Part 11:

Max pulled into his driveway and shut off the engine before he realized that something wasn't right. 'Something doesn't feel quite right. I wonder what's wrong,' he thought.
'Max? Max, what do you mean something's wrong? Do you want me to call Michael and tell him to get over there?' Liz asked still being able to hear Max's thoughts.
'HUH? Oh I almost forgot about the connection. No, I think everything is all right, but you will be the first to know if it's not.' Max assured Liz, trying to lighten things up. He didn't mean to frighten her.
'Now is not the time for jokes Max Evans. What are you feeling?' she reprimanded him.
'Well, nothing that seems dire, you know. I know that no one is hurt, it's just I feel like I'm being watched,' he told her.
'Are you sure you weren't followed from my house this morning?' Liz asked.
'I didn't even think to check because this whole reading each other's thoughts was taking up my time, but I bet that's what it is. Damn, now my parents are even in danger. Oh GOD! That would mean that they know where you live too. This is definitely getting bad.' Max said. 'Maybe you should come earlier so we can get to work.'
'All right, I'll be there as soon as I open the Crashdown. My parents will be home about a half hour after it opens so I'll be by then,' she said.
'OK, I'll see you in a bit. I love you.' Max replied.
'I love you too.' Liz told him.
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Paul passed the Evans' house at a normal pace and both he and Marcus watched as Max climbed out of the jeep. He stopped before reaching the door and looked to be staring into space. After a few minutes of this they saw Max walk towards the side of the house open a window and climb in.
"Well, I guess that is where the 'King' lives." Paul said.
"Yes, so we no know where both the 'King and Queen' live as well as the 'Princess.' Live is very good. OK, back to headquarters, I've got to call Nicholas and tell him of the new developments." Marcus said.
"He is probably going to be pissed that he has to come down here sooner then expected." Paul stated.
"Yes, but the royal four are too human, and we've been on this Godforsaken planet long enough to know that horny teens cannot be avoided. He will just have to reevaluate his plan." Marcus told Paul.
With that said Paul put the car in drive and headed back to headquarters. He didn't quite know what Marcus was rambling about earlier about the King and Queen being stronger now, but he knew that it wasn't good for the cause.
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Liz stepped out of her shower and threw on some clothes. She wore a pair of cutoff jean shorts and a baby t, since the weather was unseasonably warm. Not that she cared though, she liked the warm weather.
As she walked out of her bathroom and was about to run downstairs to make sure everything was in order her phone rang.
"Hello?" Liz said.
"Hey girl what's up?" Maria exclaimed excitedly.
"Nothing much, I was about to open the Crashdown and head over to Max's. We think that he was followed home this morning and so we want to make sure to figure out my powers and work on getting them stronger before any trouble starts." Liz said.
"Hold up chica, what do you mean when Max left this morning?" Maria asked.
"Oh well, Max spent the night last night and left at about 5:45 this morning. I've been up since then and he told me that he thought he was followed home. Oh yeah, we are calling a meeting after you and Michael finish your shifts, or after we finish with my practicing. Which ever comes last." Liz said. "Oh yeah, and we sorta...you know."
"OH MY GOD!!!!! You didn't!" Maria exclaimed.
"Yeah we did...and now we can sort of hear each other's thoughts." Liz told her.
"This is just too weird even for Czechoslovakians." Maria muttered.
"Yeah I know, which is why we are holding the meeting tonight to see if it's just between Max and I of if it's one of my powers." Liz said. "So please don't tell anyone. Max and I don't want anyone freaking out just yet."
"Don't worry sista, your secret's safe with me." Maria told her.
"OK, good. Thank you so much Maria, you really are the best you know that. Anyway, I've really got to run now...My parents will be back soon, and I still have to open the restaurant. I will see you tonight." Liz said.
"OK, I will see you tonight. Where is the meeting being held?" she asked.
"Probably Michael's. Max is going to call and ask him in a little while. It's still to early to call over there." Liz said.
"Yeah that's true. OK, talk to you later. Bye." Maria said.
"Bye." Liz replied hanging up the phone.
She walked downstairs and checked to make sure everything was filled up and ready for the breakfast rush. Then she started the coffee machines, and unlocked the door.
Three minutes after opening the door Agnes walked in and got ready for work. Then Jose came in and started up the grills. Once all the waitresses were there Liz went upstairs and awaited her parents. She only had to wait about 15 minutes because her parents came home earlier then expected.
"Hey sweetie. How was everything?" Mr. Parker asked.
"Everything was fine. No catastrophes or anything." Liz replied.
"That's good. Are you going somewhere honey?" Mrs. Parker asked.
"Yeah actually. I'm hanging out with Max and Isabel today, and then everyone is meeting up with us later after they did what they had to do today. I'm having breakfast with Max's family first though. I will see you guys later tonight." Liz said running out the door.
Liz didn't think that she would ever get out of her house. She knew her parents were a little upset that she wasn't staying home with them, but evil aliens take a precedence over quality family time. She did feel guilty though because she saw the hurt look on her mother's face.
Max was outside waiting for Liz when she walked up the walk. He didn't say anything to her just enveloped her in his strong arms. He knew she just needed a hug, he could feel her emotions going on overdrive.
"I think we found a way to block our thought connection." Max said.
"Really how?" Liz asked.
"Well, you were very upset, I could feel your emotions, but I couldn't hear your thoughts. And I know you when you are that upset, your brain doesn't stop churning so I know you were thinking about stuff." Max said smiling.
"Yeah I was. My Mom was just so upset because I was coming here instead of staying with her and my dad, but Max this whole Skins thing is just more important. I just wish I could tell them." Liz said.
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"Yes Nicholas, I'm sure that they mated. He left her house close to dawn this morning. Yes, I know that. So what are we to do. Right wait until you get here. How long will that be? Two days. OK. Yes, I understand. I will see you then." Marcus said hanging up the phone.
"So what's the game plan?" Paul asked.
"We sit tight and continue to watch them. Nicholas will be here within two days, and after that everything is up to him." Marcus said. "We will get them, and Kavar will stay King."

Part 12:

Nicholas slammed the phone down and began pacing the room. He was angry, this new development was going to screw everything up. His troops weren't ready for the fight yet. He didn't think that the Royal Four were ready yet either, but with the King and Queen mating they would be strong enough to hold off the attack.
"Damn!" he muttered. "Now I have to speed everything up, and I've got to go to that Godforsaken State early. It's too F*cking hot there. Stupid teenagers and their hormones."
He walked outside of the compound where his people were training. "OK people, we've got to pack everything up. We are heading to Roswell in a few hours and we will be there within two days. Your training will continue when we get there. There have been some new developments and the Royal Four, and their humans need to be eliminated now!" he barked.
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Max was still holding Liz trying to comfort her neither of them knowing that the fight was coming so soon. Both did have a feeling like they needed to prepare because the battle was coming sooner then anyone could have expected but they didn't realize that it was going to be so soon.
"I can't help but feel guilty Max. You should have seen her face. She was heartbroken, and now that the Skins know where I live my parents are in danger too and I can't even tell them." Liz cried.
"I know sweetie, we are all getting in way over our heads. I just wish Nasedo was still here to help us out, but I know that we can get through this. The eight of us just need to stick together. I've got to get that through Michael's thick head. Maria is a part of this, and she makes him stronger, he just doesn't want her to get hurt." Max said. "I want to tell my parents so badly sometimes, but I'm just afraid of what their reaction will be to having alien children."
"I understand your fears, I have the fears of telling my parents that I'm in love with an alien. That I'm a Queen to an alien race that we can't get to at the moment, and that I've sort of turned alien myself." Liz told him. "I think my mother would pass out."
"Let's go inside and wake up Izzy, have some breakfast and get to work. I told my Mom that you were coming over for breakfast. After we eat we'll head out to the desert where no one can see us and get to work." Max said.
"OK sounds good to me." Liz replied, and smiled when she looked past Max.
Max wondering what she was smiling at turned around. There stood Isabel with a curious look on her face.
"I thought we were going to start later," she inquired.
"Well, there were some other developments that arose so I asked Liz to come earlier. I think I was followed home so we are all in danger. They know where we live, as well as where Liz lives, so I wanted to start working on her powers as soon as possible." Max explained.
"That sounds like a good idea. Um, Max? Did you really mean what you said about wanting to tell Mom and Dad before?" Isabel asked.
"Yes, but I'm still too afraid of what they will do Izzy, please understand that. I know that we will have to tell them soon, but please just let me deal with my fear a little but first. I've got to become comfortable with the whole idea of them knowing first. Besides it won't only be us telling Mom and Dad, we will have to tell the Parker's, Amy DeLuca, and the Whitman's too. They will all be in danger because of who we are." Max said with a haunted look on his face.
'Will I be able to tell all of those people? Is Michael going to freak out?' Max thought.
'Baby, relax. Michael we will deal with, we will make him understand that they need to know in order to protect them, and you will be able to do it. I have faith in you and besides we will all be there supporting you. I will take over telling the story at anytime you need me to. I promise, it will be OK.' Liz told him.
'Thank you that helped. I love you.' Max said smiling down at Liz.
'I love you too.' Liz said returning the smile.
'OK, I wonder what's going on with those two.' Isabel thought.
"So are we going to go in and eat. I'm starved." Isabel said breaking the silence.
"Yeah, we better head in before Mom sends out the search parties for us." Max said laughing.
The three headed inside still laughing. Diane Evans watched the three of them from the kitchen door. They were obvious to her standing there. 'They look so happy,' she thought. She noticed the protective, and yet possessive way Max had his arm around Liz Parker and she smiled. I knew that girl would be good for my son the moment I met her.
Liz smiled up at Max as he held out a chair for her. He picked up her hand and kissed the palm and took the seat next to her. Isabel sat across from them and they were all laughing and cracking jokes.
Diane noticed the small intimate gesture Max bestowed on Liz and the way she smiled at him. 'They are very much in love. I'm happy, but sort of frightened at the same time. Maybe I should talk to them about slowing things down. No, that would only cause them to rebel. I will talk to the Parker's though and see what they think.' Diane thought walking back into the kitchen to get breakfast.
Just as she was walking out of the kitchen her husband walked into the dining room. He noticed their guest and the way Max was looking at her. Philip looked over at his wife and she shook her head no telling him not to say anything. Then she mouthed, "We will talk later," and proceeded to put breakfast on the table.
After they finished breakfast Isabel, Max, and Liz cleared the table. Max argued with Liz saying that she didn't have to do anything, but she insisted that she help so he gave in.
"Mom, dad?" Max called.
"We're in the living room honey." Mrs. Evans said.
"Liz, Izzy, and I are going out for the day. We'll be back later. Most likely we will grab something to eat at the Crashdown, and then we are heading over to Michael's." Max told them.
"OK dear, just be careful. We will see you later. We love you." Mrs. Evans said.
"I love you too, and we will be careful." Max called.
"Bye Mr. and Mrs. Evans. Thank you for breakfast." Liz said.
"Bye Liz, you're welcome," they both answered.
"Bye Mom, bye dad. I love you." Isabel called.
"Bye sweetie. We love you too." Mr. Evans answered.
The three teens walked out of the house and jumped into the jeep. Liz sat in front with Max and Isabel took the back. The drive to the desert was pretty much quiet, each wondering what was in store. Max packed things like water, Tabasco sauce, and clothing to see if Liz could change or move molecular structures around. The first thing they were going to do was try dreamwalking Michael. He was probably still asleep so it should be easy. Isabel was going to try first to make sure he was asleep.
They made it to a secluded spot within twenty minutes of leaving the house and Max unpacked the jeep. Isabel stayed inside for a few minutes trying to dreamwalk Michael.
"OK, he's still asleep, and his dream is pretty normal so I think that we should get that done as soon as possible," she said.
Isabel instructed Liz to get comfortable and to clear her mind. Then she told her to concentrate on Michael and handed her a picture. "Pictures help sometimes," she told her. After fifteen minutes Liz opened her eyes.
"Nothing happened. Maybe I can't do this." Liz said.
"But you did it when Max was in New York, I don't understand." Isabel said.
"You helped me Isabel. I didn't do it alone, I don't think I can." Liz explained.
"See if you can do it with Isabel's help Liz? Iz are you willing?" Max asked.
"Yeah, it's worth a shot." Liz responded.
Isabel sat down on the blanket with Liz and took her hand. They both concentrated and instantly Liz was in Michael's dream. In his dream he was sitting with Maria and they appeared to be married. Then all of a sudden Liz heard a baby cry, and Michael jumped up leaving the room. He came back seconds later carrying a beautiful baby that looked just like Maria when she was a baby.
Isabel broke the connection, and Liz opened her eyes. There were tears glistening in them when she looked at Max.
'I don't think we have to worry about Michael pushing Maria away again.' Liz told him.
'Really? How come?' Max asked.
'Because he was dreaming of her, and they had a child. It was beautiful.' Liz replied.
The rest of the afternoon was spent trying to figure out what Liz could do alone. She could heat up water, move molecules, and sense emotions. She could tell that Isabel was tired and wanted to see Alex, so Liz asked if they could stop for the day even though she really wanted to continue.
Max agreed and dropped Isabel off at Alex's house. When Isabel got out of the jeep Liz turned to Max.
"OK Mr. Evans, I want to head back out to the desert and practice some more. Maybe we should pick up Tess, I know you don't want me to practice unless there are two people there, and Tess was willing to help." Liz said.
"But what about you wanting to stop? I don't get it." Max said.
"Isabel was getting tired, and I could tell she was missing Alex. I could feel her emotions, but I couldn't hear her thoughts. So I said that I wanted to stop so she could see Alex." Liz said smiling.
"You really are the best. OK, we'll stop by the Valenti's and see if Tess would like to come." Max said.
Max put the jeep in gear and started towards the Sheriff's house.

Part 13:

Max stopped the car in front of the Valenti's and he and Liz got out of the jeep. They were both a little nervous about Tess helping, but she seemed sincere the other day so they figured it was worth a shot.
Max rang the doorbell and they waited for someone to answer. A few minutes later they heard Kyle yell, "That so wasn't fair Tess and you know it. You cheated, and I'm going to make you pay for that." He was laughing the whole time which made Liz smile. Max saw her smile and asked her, "What's so funny?"
Liz didn't get to answer because Kyle opened the door at that moment, but not forgetting about their connection she replied, 'I think Kyle and Tess are flirting. I totally think they like one another.'
'No way! Do you really think so?' Max replied.
'Yep I do.' Liz said.
"Hey guys what's going on?" Kyle asked.
"Hey Kyle, um, we were wondering if Tess was here." Max said.
"Yeah she's inside. Come one in, we're having a bit of a dispute, she cheated at poker so I'm gonna make her pay." Kyle said.
Max and Liz couldn't help but smile. Just the way he said her name, they knew that he was falling for Tess.
"Kyle, come on let's finish this game already." Tess called.
"Well, you've got some company so we are probably going to have to postpone the card game." Kyle said walking into the room with Max and Liz behind him.
Tess looked up when she saw Kyle walk in and noticed Max and Liz behind him. 'I wonder what they are doing here,' she thought to herself.
"Hi guys. You want to play?" She asked.
"No, actually we came to ask you if you were serious about helping us with Liz's powers." Max said.
"Yes, I was serious. Why do you want me to come and help you now?" she told them.
"Well, we are only asking, you don't have to if you don't want to. I guess we could put it off until tomorrow." Liz said.
Max looked at Liz like tomorrow might be too late. Tess and Kyle saw the look and they both knew that was a look saying, 'Liz trouble is coming and we don't have enough time.'
"Let me just change and we can go and do some work. What happened to Isabel?" Tess inquired walking out of the room.
"Well, I think she was getting anxious with all that's been going on with the Skins and she just wanted to see Alex. So I said that I was worn out and that I thought we should stop. She looked so grateful." Liz said.
"She just came out and told you that she was nervous and wanted to see Alex?" Tess asked.
"No, I sorta felt her emotions, and just knew that they were for Alex." Liz explained.
"How did you feel her emotions?" Tess wanted to know.
"We're holding a meeting tonight at Michael's and we'll explain everything then I promise. I'm not trying to hold information from you it's just that I don't want to have to explain it twice." Max said.
Tess nodded her head saying that she understood. Liz shot a look that said, 'Thank You' to Max which both Tess and Kyle saw.
"All right, I'm ready." Tess said grabbing her purse.
"Kyle do you want to come?" Max asked.
Kyle was shocked by the invitation and just nodded his head at first.
"Yeah, let me just change my shorts," he said.
"That was really nice Max." Tess said.
"Well, we aren't excluding anyone anymore. I don't want anyone to feel like they aren't important or part of the group." Max explained.
Kyle came out of his room and they headed to the jeep.
"Besides, I figured we'd work until about dinner time and then call Izzy and Alex, meet at the Crashdown for dinner, and then all head over to Michael's." Max said. "It would just be easier if everyone was together, you know?"
"Yeah, and thanks for including me. I've only seen Tess's powers, well and yours I guess. I mean I wasn't totally conscious for that one. Thanks again for saving my life man." Kyle said.
"Aww Buddha boy is getting all emotional and mushy on us." Tess teased.
"Watch it blonde, I know where you sleep." Kyle teased back.
"Oh God, we've got another Michael and Maria on our hands." Liz said from the front.
Kyle reached over and playfully pushed Liz's arm. Max turned around and glared at him for a few seconds and then smiled. Kyle tensed up while Max shot him that look saying, 'Touch my girl again and I'll kill you,' and relaxed when Max smiled.
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Isabel and Alex were looking up abandoned buildings in the Roswell area. There weren't too many which was a good thing because that would make finding the Skins hideout that much easier. Not that they knew what to do if they found it but still.
Isabel told Alex about Max being at Liz's until this morning, she said she didn't know what happened between them but Max was followed home and that meant that the Skins know where she and Liz live. She told him that this also means that their parents were also in danger.
Alex tried his best to comfort her and in the end he just held her. After a while she relaxed in his arms and tilted her head up. He looked down at her and she kissed him. This kiss was different from the other kisses they've shared. Their normal kisses were tender and slow, but this kiss was passionate and urgent. He wasn't sure what to make of it, but he did like it.
He wasn't sure how far Isabel wanted to go but he keep up the electrifying kiss until he couldn't breathe anymore. They both broke off from the kiss at the exact same moment gasping for breath.
Alex looked at Isabel with wonder in his eyes. 'It's no wonder I love this girl as much as I do.' He thought to himself.
"Alex?" his mother called.
Alex's face turned a little red. He totally forgot his parents were home.
"Yeah Mom," he answered.
"Your father and I are going out for a little while. We'll be home late. If you go out please leave a note so we know where you are," his mother said.
"I will Mom. See you later." Alex answered.
"Bye Mrs. Whitman." Isabel said.
"Bye Isabel, it was good to see you dear." Mrs. Whitman said.
"It was good to see you too." Isabel answered.
They heard the door shut and the car engine start. Since she was sure that they were alone now Isabel couldn't hold in what she had to say any longer.
"Alex, I know that I should have said this much sooner, and I also know that at times I've taken you for granted. Like I just knew that you would be there for me no matter what. I want you to know how much that means to me. Thank you. You are my rock. I bet you didn't know that? Anyway. I wouldn't have been able to get through a lot of the things that we had to deal with this past year without you. I love you Alex, with all my heart and soul." Isabel said.
Alex sat there stunned. 'Isabel Evans just said that she LOVED ME!!!' He thought to himself. When he finally came out of his stupor he noticed that Isabel looked frightened. 'Oh God! I'm such an idiot,' he thought.
"Wow! I never thought I would hear you say those words to me. I mean look at me and then look at you. I'm just a geek, and you are a goddess. I think I've loved you since about 6th grade. I always thought that you were the most beautiful girl that I'd ever seen. Yet, I always knew that you would always be my fantasy girl, that I could never have you. You were so far out of my reach, but then Liz got shot Max healed her, they got into the car accident, and my services were needed. I got pulled into this bizarre world of secrets and I made the best friends a guy could ask for, and I got to be with you. Even tough it was as friends, it was more then I'd ever hoped for. Now you tell me that you love me. My heart is just filled with so much joy because my fantasy woman, the woman of my dreams, just became my reality." Alex said.
By the time he was finished Isabel had tears in her eyes. She blinked a couple of times trying to keep them in. Alex knew what she was feeling because he was feeling the same thing so he just pulled her into his arms and kissed the top of her head.
They sat this way for a few minutes and then Isabel started kissing him again. Her hands roamed freely and Alex wasn't going to stop her. Ales ran his hands down her back and back up her sides. When his palm came in contact with her breast she moaned and arched into him.
Alex didn't want to move too fast because he didn't want to scare his angel, and he knew that they weren't ready for that, but she felt so good. The kissing grew more heated as did the groping. The next thing he knew Isabel had unbuttoned his jeans and started rubbing his erection, skin on skin. He moaned into her mouth, not wanting her to stop. She freed him from the confines of his clothing and began stroking him.
By this time Alex undid her jeans and began to rub her most sensual parts. Isabel was writhing in pleasure. She had never felt this wonderful in all her life. She felt loved, wanted, and for the first time ever she felt like she belonged somewhere.
Alex moved his kisses down her neck until he came in contact with her shirt. He didn't want to stop, but wasn't sure about taking it off. He contemplated this for a few minutes and decided to be forward for the first time in his life and started to lift Isabel's shirt up. When she didn't make a move to stop him he decided to get bolder. Each inch of skin that was exposed he kissed until her shirt was completely off and thrown on the floor.
With this accomplished he began kissing her neck again and with one hand he massaged her breasts, and the other hand went back to her core. He inserted one finger hesitantly but the moment he came in contact with her wet center she cried out with pleasure.
At first he thought he had gone too far and started to withdraw his hand, but when Isabel realized that he was trying to pull away she held his hand there. He looked into her face and saw that she wanted him to go on. The look of pleasure and desire on her face undid him. While he worked his fingers in and out of her, she resumed her exploration of him. She began pumping him faster and his moans and grunts became sporadic. His breathing started to pick up and his hips pumped into her fist. All of this was interesting to Isabel but the look on Alex's face said it all. He had a look that was a cross between Love and desire and she felt special knowing that she was the reason that look was on his face.
Alex knew that he was close but he wanted Isabel to come with him so he started pumping his fingers faster into her. He noticed her breathing pick up and her moans became louder. 'Thank God my parents left,' he thought. Alex pushed his thumb against her bundle of nerves and that sent Isabel over the edge.
"Alex!" she cried as she came.
The moment her inner muscles clenched around his hand and he saw the contented look on her face he gave in and came along with her. After they were spent he just held her in his arms.
"Isabel," he whispered afraid that she would regret this.
"Alex that was wonderful. I never thought I could feel like that," she told him.
"I know. I didn't either. Thank you." Alex said.
"For what?" she asked.
"For loving me and trusting me," he said.
"I should be the one thanking you for loving me." Isabel told him and snuggled against his chest.
All of a sudden Isabel's cell phone rang.
"Hello?" she said picking it up.
"Iz?" Max said.
"Yeah, it's me. What's up Max?" she answered.
"Um, are you and Alex finished for the day. I was thinking of going to the Crash for dinner." Max said.
"Yeah I think that we are finished." Isabel told him.
"Do you want me to pick you guys up or do you want to meet us there?" Max asked.
"Um, we'll just meet you there. We've got to finish closing up shop," she said.
"All right. We will see you guys there." Max said.
"Yeah, bye," she replied.
"Bye." Max said hanging up the phone and handing it back to Liz.
"Well, that was Max. We are going to the Crash for dinner. Then it's off to Michael's for the meeting I guess." Isabel told Alex.
"I guess we should clean up a bit and then head over there." Alex said giving Isabel a little peck on the lips.
"Yeah that would be a good idea," she said smiling.
Fifteen minutes later they were freshened up and ready to leave. Alex let his parents a note and he and Isabel jumped into the car and headed to the Crashdown. By the time they got there Max, Liz, Tess, and Kyle were sitting in their booth. Alex and Isabel dragged a table over to make more room and sat down.
Maria came over to take their orders and placed it in the back for Michael. He gave her a smile which she returned and headed to the milkshake machine to get Kyle's shake.
Everyone finished eating close to closing so they all offered to help clean up. That way it would take less time and they could head over to Michael's and get this meeting under way.
Within twenty minutes they were all finished and discussing car arrangements. Max, Liz, Tess, and Kyle would go in the jeep. Alex and Isabel in Alex's car, and Maria and Michael in the Jetta.
Once that was settled everyone jumped into their respective cars and headed over to the apartment.



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Part 14:

The jeep was the first to arrive at Michael's closely followed by Alex. So Max, Liz, Tess, Kyle, Alex, and Isabel got out of their cars and waited on the lawn for Michael and Maria. A few minutes later the Jetta pulled up and they got out of the car.
Michael walked to the door and unlocked it wondering why Max just didn't use his powers to let everyone in. He didn't get a chance to ask because as soon as everyone filed into the room Max began to talk.
"I think we are in even bigger trouble then we thought," he started.
"What do you mean bigger trouble? What happened?" Michael asked.
Maria grabbed Michael's hand. Hers was shaking so badly she just needed his strength. Michael noticed her shaking hand and put his other one on top of their joined hands and whispered in her ear. She visibly calmed down after that but wouldn't let go of his hand. He didn't seem to mind.
"This is sort of a long story so I'm going to ask that you bear with us and try not to interrupt too much." Max continued.
Everyone nodded their heads saying that they would try to let Max and Liz tell the story without going all crazy on them, but no one could truly promise because none of them knew how serious this was.
"OK, it all started last night. Max drove me home and I asked him to stay with me because of everything that had happened." Liz started getting slightly pink.
She paused trying to collect her thoughts on how to tell her friends that they moved to the next level without getting too embarrassed. Max pulled her closer to him and linked his fingers with hers letting her know it was OK she could take as long as she needed.
'Would you like me to continue?' Max asked her silently thinking that this connection could be so wonderful at times like these.
Liz couldn't help but smile at those thoughts. 'No, I can do it. Yes, I have to agree with you this hearing each others thoughts can definitely come in handy sometimes.'
"OK, well, um, you see..." Liz stammered.
"OH MY GOD! You two went to the next level didn't you?" Maria asked.
"God Maria could you be anymore blunt?" Michael asked.
"Shut up Space Boy. It's true though isn't it?" Maria said.
"Yeah it's true. Max and I cemented our relationship last night." Liz said looking down at the floor clearly embarrassed.
"Don't be embarrassed Liz, we all knew that this day would come eventually. We just didn't expect it this soon." Isabel said. "I'm happy for both of you as long as you both are happy," she added.
"Well, I'm happy it's what I've always dreamed of." Max whispered to his sister returning the hug she gave him.
"I'm happy too. It did happen a little sooner then expected, but I wouldn't change it for the world." Liz said.
Maria dropped Michael's hand and gave her best friend a hug. "Just as long as you are happy. Not like I have to ask I mean come on it's your dream man we are talking about here," she whispered.
"OK guys I hate to break up this sentimental stuff but we do have life and death matters to discuss." Michael said.
"Sure Michael just ruin the mood why don't ya." Maria bit back.
"He is right though we do have more important things to discuss." Liz agreed with Michael.
Max nodded his head. "OK, well that leaves us to the part when I was going to leave Liz's house. I needed to get home before my parents noticed that I didn't sleep there the night before," he continued.
"Before Max left we noticed something unusual." Liz said.
"Yes, we sort of found out that we could hear each other's thoughts." Max finished.
"Hear each other's thoughts?" Alex asked. "How?"
"I'm not sure, but I mean when Max healed me we formed a strong connection and I just think that when we cemented our relationship it was made stronger. Either that or I can read everyone's thoughts. This could just be a power of mine. I noticed that I can't control it with Max but again that could be because of the connection. I haven't tried to read anyone else's thoughts because I wouldn't do that unless I had permission." Liz said.
"This is just all to weird. I mean it's like something out of a Sci-fi book." Alex said.
"I know, it kind of freaked us out too man. Trust me. It's weird not being able to thing things having to worry about someone hearing them." Max said then added, "Although it has come in handy a couple of times already."
"What do you mean it has already come in handy?" Tess asked.
"Well, Max was a little preoccupied this morning when he left my house and didn't notice the foreboding feeling that he was getting until he made it home. He then thought to himself that something wasn't right. So I asked him, in his head of course, what was wrong. He told me that he knew that no one was hurt but he felt like he was being watched. I asked him if he was followed and he said he wasn't sure because he was too wrapped up in thinking about our new found connection. He said being followed was a very good possibility and that I should come over as soon as my parents came home so we could start working on my powers." Liz said.
"So the Skins now know where Liz, Isabel, and I live. This is just getting so much more real by the minute. Our parents are also in danger now. I can't tell you when the fight is coming but I know that it is coming a lot sooner then we expected. So I propose that we work with Liz to strengthen her powers. Right now if she is in contact with someone she can use a bit of their powers, and we all have to practice to strengthen our own powers. We need to be somewhat ready for when the Skins get here." Max said.
"OK I want to know a little bit more about Liz's powers." Maria said.
"Right now I can pretty much just change molecular structures unless I'm in contact with someone else. Like today when I was working with Isabel and we were close to one another holding hands I could dreamwalk. If I was holding on to Max I could use his healing ability. If Michael was there I would be able to send out stronger blasts, oh yeah I can send out energy blasts too. We figured that one out when Tess helped us. If Tess and I were holding hands I could make people see things that weren't there. I can use a bit of everyone's power, but that still doesn't tell us what my main power is." Liz said.
"Oh I understand now." Maria said.
All of a sudden Liz doubled over in pain and held her head. Maria tried to reach her to help but all of a sudden the green forcefield popped up around her and Max. Max was still holding Liz that's why he was inside it.
"What the hell is that?" Kyle asked.
"That's a forcefield. We can usually put it up to protect ourselves from enemy attacks." Tess explained. "I don't know why she put it up now."
"I don't think she meant to, I just think it happened." Max said.
After a couple of minutes the forcefield faded but Liz was still holding her head.
"Liz, sweetie, what happened?" Maria asked walking up to her and Max.
"Huh? Oh God that hurt so much." Liz said.
"What was that all about?" Kyle asked.
"I got a flash, but I've never been in so much pain before when I've gotten one. I saw Nicholas getting into a van. I don't know where he was going." Liz said.
"Well, I'd put my money on that he's coming to good old Roswell New Mexico." Alex said.
Isabel shot him a look.
"What? Well, I would." Alex said.
"OK guys, I think we should all go home and get some rest. Tomorrow's Sunday, and Maria, Michael, and Liz are all working the morning shift. Why don't we meet at the Crashdown at about 10 and hang out until they get off? Then we can all go to the desert and practice." Max said.
"That sounds like a plan to us. I'll see you at home Max." Isabel said.
"Bye guys." Alex called walking out the door.
"Bye you two." Everyone said.
"Kyle, Tess, are you ready?" Max asked.
"Yeah, let's get going." Kyle said.
"Yes, I'm ready." Tess answered.
"I'll see you and Michael tomorrow at work." Liz said giving Maria a hug.
"Bye girlie. Try and get some sleep." Maria said.
Max held Liz's hand as they walked out to the jeep. Alex and Isabel were already in the car getting ready to leave, but Maria parked the Jetta too close to Alex's bumper and he couldn't pull out. He had to wait for Max to move the jeep.
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"All right people. Paul and I will follow the jeep so we can find out where Tess and Kyle live. Sam and Brian you follow that Alex kid to see where he resides, and Peter and Tom you follow the Jetta. Tonight we find out where everyone lives so Nicholas won't have to wait too long to put his plan in motion." Marcus said over the radio.
"Yes, boss," they all said.
As soon as the jeep and Alex pulled away from the curb, Paul and Sam started to follow. The jeep turned left and Alex turned right, so Paul and Sam split up following their respective cars.
'Nicholas will be pleased with my information tonight.' Marcus thought. 'Maybe I will get promoted'
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Max pulled the jeep in front of the Valenti's and Liz got out of the jeep to let Tess and Kyle out. They both said good bye to Max and Tess gave Liz a hug.
"Try to sleep. Ask Max to stay until you fall asleep in case you need him." Tess said.
"Thank you Tess, for being such a good friend." Liz said.
"Hey I should be thanking you. I mean at first I thought that Max was mine, and I'm sorry about that. I could see how much he loved you but I was always told that he would love me. Anyway, I really like Kyle so I just want all of us to be happy, and I know I will be happiest with Kyle." Tess said.
"Well, I think that you should tell Kyle that." Liz said giving Tess another hug.
"Yeah, maybe I will." Tess said laughing.
"Bye guys, we will see you tomorrow." Liz and Max both said.
Liz climbed back into the jeep and headed to the Parker's home.
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Marcus wrote down the address and put his pad back into his pocket. Soon Sam should be radioing in to tell him where Mr. Whitman lives, and things will be all set. As soon as they find out where Miss DeLuca lives the ball will be set to start rolling.
"OK, let's start to head back. We've got a big day tomorrow. We've got to start getting everything ready for Nicholas' arrival." Marcus told Paul.
Paul put the car in gear and headed back to the old Soap
Factory on the outskirts of town.


Part 15:

Max parked the jeep in front of the Crashdown and walked Liz to the side door. Neither one really wanted to leave the other especially after what happened at Michael's.
"Max will you stay with me for a little while?" Liz asked.
"Of course I will, I was just going to ask you if you wanted me to stay." Max said.
"OK, well let me just go inside and say hello and good night to my parents and meet me on the balcony. I will see you in a few minutes. I love you." Liz told him.
"Right balcony in a few minutes. I'll be there. I love you too," he said back.
Liz walked in the door and headed upstairs to her apartment. Max ran back to the jeep to park it down the street a little bit. He wasn't sure what time the Parker's woke up and if Mr. Parker came downstairs to get things ready for the morning rush Max didn't want him to see the jeep right in front. He would definitely get suspicious then.
After he moved the jeep Max ran to the fire escape and started climbing up. He reached the top to find that Liz wasn't there yet so he sat down in the lounge chair and waited.
Liz opened the door to her home and called out to her parents. No one answered her. 'That's odd, where are they,' she thought. She continued to search the house for any clues, a note or something. She couldn't find a note in the living room or the kitchen so she headed to her parent's bedroom to see if they were asleep.
She opened the door and peered in. She let out a sigh of relief when she saw her parents asleep in bed.
"Good night Mom. Good night Dad." Liz whispered.
She knew that they couldn't hear her but it made her feel better just saying good night. She headed back to her room to let Max in. She knew he was sitting outside waiting for her, she could feel him the moment she walked in her room.
Liz walked over to the window and opened it up. Max was sitting on the chair outside waiting patiently. He knew that she was there watching him, he felt her as soon as she walked in the room. He slowly turned his head and caught a glimpse of her. She looked like an angel peering down at him from Heaven. The moon cast a beautiful glow upon her and his breath caught in his throat.
"Do you want me to come in or do you want to just sit outside for a little bit?" Max asked breaking the silence.
"Um, I think I would like to stay outside a little bit longer. We can just sit wrapped in each other's arms and look at the stars for a little bit." Liz said.
"We can do whatever you want." Max told her.
Liz climbed out the window and walked over to Max. He opened his arms for her and she climbed right into them. 'This is where I belong. This is home,' she thought.
'Yes, this is most definitely where you belong, as well as I. You are truly home to me I would be so lost without you,' he replied.
Liz leaned forward and captured Max's lips with her own. He didn't protest. Liz ran her tongue over Max's bottom lip trying to gain entrance. He opened his mouth willingly and their duel of tongues began. She tried to maintain control of the situation, but Max soon took over. He turned them and laid Liz down on the lounge chair all the while kissing her. She willingly switched places with him.
Her hands were trying to be everywhere at once. She ran them up and down his back, through his hair, and over his chest. It wasn't until she came in contact with his erection that Max faltered. He let out a groan that was a mixture of pleasure and pain. Liz couldn't help the smile that spread across her face. It still amazed her how she affected Max Evans.
The feel of her hands on his most sensitive part drove Max crazy. He could die at this moment and be totally content. He wanted her to feel exactly how he felt so he started kissing her again slowly moving down her body pressing kisses against her through her blouse. Once he reached the bottom of her shirt he started pulling it up kissing all the exposed skin with hot open mouthed kisses.
Liz began to moan, she couldn't help it. The mixture of Max's kisses and hands on her body were almost too much. Once he had her shirt pulled off she started for his. She pulled the shirt out of his jeans and in one swift motion she had it up and off his body. At the moment she didn't feel like teasing him, she just wanted to see his splendid body. 'I will never get sick of seeing this body,' she said to herself.
Max blushed a little at her thought, and returned the sentiment to her. 'You are my angel, my beautiful angel,' he told her and kissed her again.
Soon their passion was pushed to the brink. Max reached for the button on her jeans and undid it. He slowly unzipped them and began to pull them off taking her panties at the same time. He paused for a second to admire her in the moonlight exposed fully to him. She took his breath away.
He discarded the rest of his clothes and joined her on the chair. Before he completely joined them he wanted to make sure that she was ready for him. He thrust a finger insider her core and noticed how wet and ready she was. As soon as his finger made contact she let out a loud moan. Max got scared that her parents heard and was thinking of stopping, but Liz threatened cruel and unusual punishment if he did, and then she kissed him until the world began to spin.
He removed his fingers much to Liz's disappointment but she wasn't disappointed for long. Max positioned himself at her entrance and slowly made his way inside. When he was in to the hilt they both let out a sigh of contentment. Max began moving in and out in a slow and steady rhythm and Liz met him thrust for thrust. Soon the pace began to pick up as did Liz's moaning. Max kissed her again to try and quiet her down, not knowing that the noises coming out of her throat would be such a turn on.
He knew that he was near his breaking point but didn't want to go over the edge without Liz so he reached down between them and found her bundle of nerves. He began rubbing it in a circular motion. He could feel Liz getting close and that just drove him to play with her clit more. He began rolling it between two fingers.
'MMMMMAAAAAAXXXXXXXXX!' Liz yelled out for only him to hear.
Her walls tightened around him and she began shaking as her orgasm overtook her. Her orgasm pushed him over the edge and he came with her. They both road out the storm together. Max gave her little kisses on the eyes, nose, forehead, and lips until their breathing slowed down to normal. They sat wrapped up in each other's arms for a little while longer just enjoying each other's nearness. Neither one thought about Nicholas or the Skins, they only thought about the other and how much they loved each other.
Liz began so shiver from the breeze that began to blow so Max picked her up and carried her through the window. He set her on the bed and walked back outside to pick up their clothes. When he came back in he was wearing his boxers and Liz had on a pair of panties and a tank top.
"Do you still want me to stay?" Max asked hoping that she'd say yes.
"Yes, can you just hold me until I fall asleep. I'm afraid I might get another vision or have a nightmare and I would like for you to be with me if that happens." Liz said.
"What if your parents wake up and find me in here?" Max asked.
"Well, put your shirt back on and they will just think that we fell asleep while talking or something. Then I will just tell them that's what happened in the morning." Liz told him. "What if your parents wake up and find that you didn't come home last night?" she asked.
"I will just tell them that we were talking and I fell asleep here." Max answered.
"All right," she said.
They both climbed into bed and Liz pressed herself against him needing his warmth and strength. Sensing what she needed Max tightened his arms around her enough for her to feel safe and kissed the top of her head.
Soon he could feel Liz's breathing change to deep even breaths and knew that she was asleep. Once he was positive she was OK he let himself give in to sleep. His last thought was of the Skins and what kind of attack they could be planning and if he, Liz, Michael, Isabel, Tess, Maria, Alex, and Kyle would be ready for it.

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(Michael and Maria Nookie)
Part 16:

After everyone had left Michael pulled Maria up against him. With everything that's been going on their relationship has been a little more strained then ever. He didn't like that especially now since they didn't know what to expect with Nicholas coming to Roswell.
Maria could sense that Michael was slightly scared about what was going down, even though he'd never admit it. He had to stay the "Stone Wall." 'Well, screw that buddy, you need to let people in once in a while, and I'm going to be the girl to break down your defenses,' she thought.
"So Michael, what do you think about all of this?" she asked.
"I don't know. I mean are we ready for a war? We will have to lead Nicholas out into the desert that's for sure, but in the opposite direction from the Granolith because we don't want him anywhere near it." Michael said.
"True, if you started fighting here everyone would find out about you and there would be causalities. That would not be okay. Innocent people always get hurt in war and Nicholas is the type of guy who wouldn't care who got hurt just so long as he gets what he wants." Maria stated.
"I know, but I promise you right here, right now, that he will not harm you. Ever!" Michael told her.
She smiled up at him and snuggled closer into his chest. 'Well, I guess the big lug does love me even though he only told me once. And that once just happened to be when he was trying to leave me,' she thought to herself.
Michael kissed the top of her head. "I love you Maria." He whispered.
Her breath caught in her throat. 'Oh my God! He just said it. Well, don't just sit here stupid say something,' she told herself.
"I love you too Michael. And I want you to know that I will help you in anyway that I can when this fight starts to go down." She told him.
"I know you will Maria, and that's what I'm afraid of. I don't want you to get hurt. I couldn't live without you." Michael confessed.
"Nothing is going to happen to me, I'm Teflon babe! But seriously, you would protect me, and I would never be too far away from you or one of the others who could protect me." She assured him.
He seemed to accept her answer because he didn't say anything else. He just gazed down at her and admired her beauty. Then he leaned down and captured her lips with his own, in a gentle yet possessive kiss. She responded to him immediately. She opened her mouth to accept his tongue and deepen the kiss.
Michael didn't need to be asked twice, he plunged into her mouth as soon as she opened it. As he deepened the kiss his hands began to explore her body. He ran his hands down her sides and back up again stopping to cup and kneed her breasts.
When Michael's hands came in contact with her breast Maria let out a loud moan. Michael smiled against her neck in spite of himself. Maria wanted Michael to feel the same sensations that she was feeling so she began her own exploration. She started by running her hands down his back and up his chest. When she was finished exploring every muscle he had on his upper body she grabbed his ass and pulled him closer to her arching up to meet him.
Michael was so surprised by her action that he stopped what he was doing. He just looked at this woman who captured his heart and wondered if he could love her anymore then he already did.
Regaining his composure he began his exploration of her again. He pulled her shirt up and over her head leaving wet kisses on her exposed skin. She writhed in pleasure loving the sensations he was causing. When he started to undo her pants he stopped and asked permission with his eyes.
Maria could see the love and desire in Michael's eyes and nodded her head yes, telling him that he could continue. Once he had her pants undone and pulled off she took off his cloths until they were both left in nothing but their underwear.
Michael kissed her again while exploring her lower anatomy. When his fingers came in contact with her core she let out a low moan. He worked two fingers in and out of her heat loving the feel of her. He found her bundle of nerves and began rubbing it in a circular motion. In a matter of minutes Maria was crying out his name and shaking. At first he wasn't sure what was happening but her inner walls tightened around his fingers and he felt her juices running down his hand and realized that he brought her to orgasm. That knowledge made him feel powerful.
Once Maria calmed down a bit she found Michael's erection and began to stroke it. He let out a groan that sounded like a mixture of pain and pleasure. Maria smiled knowing the reaction he was having was caused by her. She started to pick up the pace and his erection jumped in her hand. She reached the other hand down and massaged his balls eliciting another half groan half moan out of him.
Michael reached down and stopped her hands. If she kept this up he would never be able to make love to her and that is what he wanted to do.
"Maria, honey, if you keep this up I will never be able to make love to you. I really want to make love to you, but only if you are ready." he told her.
"I want you to make love to me." she said.
He reached in the draw in the table next to the couch and pulled out a condom. He opened up the package and unrolled it onto himself, then proceeded to enter her. She was still wet from her earlier orgasm and Michael had no trouble sliding in.
'God, she's so tight,' he thought.
When he came to her barrier he stopped. He looked straight into her eyes asking again if she really was ok with this. Her answer was to grab his butt and pushing him further inside. He leaned down and kissed her as he thrust forward breaking her small barrier. She let out a small gasp of pain but it soon faded. He hadn't moved giving her time to get accustomed to him.
Once the pain stopped Maria realized that Michael was inside of her. All of him, she was hit with such strong emotions she didn't know what to do. She began to move her hips letting him know that she was all right now.
Once she began moving under him, he realized that the pain was gone. He began a slow and steady pace because he didn't want to hurt her. Soon that wasn't enough for either of them and Michael picked up the pace, pumping into her faster and deeper then the thrust before. Maria lifted her hips meeting him thrust for thrust.
Michael knew that he was close to exploding but wanted Maria to be right there with him, so he reached down between them and found her love button. He began flicking his finger on it and over it. That was all she needed.
"Michael!" Maria screamed as she came.
Michael grunted, "Maria" as her tightening walls caused him to go over the edge with her.
When they were finished Michael held her in his arms until they both calmed down.
"OH GOD! I've got to go. My mother is going to kill me. I was supposed to be home 20 minutes ago." Maria said suddenly.
Michael put his boxers back on and helped Maria get dressed. Once she was finished he walked her to the door. She gave him a kiss running to her car. He waited to make sure that she got in her car safely, closed the door and headed off to bed.
Maria was so worried about what her mother was going to say. She pulled her car away from the curb and headed home. Sam followed her smiling the whole time. 'Marcus is going to be very happy. These humans are so stupid, they don't even know when they are being followed,' he thought.
Maria pulled the Jetta into her driveway and ran to the door. She opened it waiting to hear her mother yelling, but nothing came.
"Mom?" she called.
No answer. Maria was getting worried now. She walked around the house looking for any type of clue as to where her mother could be. She walked into the kitchen last and saw a note on the table.
'Maria, I am on a date with Jim. I will be home late, don't wait up. Love, Mom'
Maria read the note twice and then threw it away. 'Looks like mom and Sheriff Valenti are getting along again. First Thanksgiving and now a 'Date.' I wonder if it's really serious,' she thought heading to her room for bed.
She changed into her pajama's and climbed into bed. Tomorrow was going to be a long day.
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Sam phoned Marcus and gave him the De Luca's address and headed back to base. Marcus was very pleased. Nicholas has all the information he needs for his plan now, and everyone can spend tomorrow resting before Nicholas gets there with their new assignment.



posted on 5-Sep-2001 10:26:08 PM
(Part 17)

Nicholas stepped out of the van and headed inside the old building. He didn't know what to expect since most often Marcus couldn't be relied on, but when he opened the door he was surprised. There were cooling systems all over the place, as the hot New Mexico weather caused them to shed more, and computers lined one whole wall. Nicholas was impressed.
"Nicholas, welcome. You got here earlier then I expected we aren't quite finished getting everything ready yet." Marcus said.
"Well, from what I can see everything looks to be in pretty good order so don't worry about not having everything done. We will deal with that later. What I want to know is do you have ALL the information I wanted?" Nicholas asked.
"Yes, we have the location of the Royal four and their humans. Stupid teenagers didn't even know we were watching them." Marcus said.
"Good that only makes my job easier." Nicholas said. 'You will get yours Max Evans, again,' he thought.
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Max walked to the door of the Crashdown bright and early the next morning. After he and Liz woke up on the balcony he decided that he needed to go home and shower. He had given Liz the sweetest kiss and headed home. He made sure to be quiet as he sneaked through the window of his room and rumpled his bed to make it look like he slept in it. Then he headed off to the shower making sure to be quiet so he wouldn't wake Isabel up. She could be such a bitch when she doesn't get enough sleep and Max didn't want to deal with that, he was too happy.
Liz was getting everything ready for opening when she felt a presence that she didn't think she would be feeling this early in the morning. She turned around and there was Max standing outside the door watching her. She smiled at him and walked over to the door and unlocked it.
"We aren't open yet sir, I'm sorry but you'll have to wait." Liz said.
"Well, since I'm early would you mind terribly if I waited inside miss. It is really hot outside and I'm afraid I will just melt out here waiting for you to open." Max said playing back.
"Well, I don't think my father will appreciate that, but I guess so. Although I'm going to have to put you to work," she said.
"That's fine with me. Just so long as I can be in the air conditioned diner and not on the hot street I don't mind," he countered.
'Of course I'll be expecting some kind of payment for my services,' he added for only her, just in case someone was listening to them.
'Oh I think we can arrange something, although I don't think my hunky boyfriend will be too pleased if he found out,' she said.
'Then I suggest we don't tell him, 'Max countered.
'Well, you see, we don't keep any secrets from one another so he will most definitely find out,' Liz said.
'Damn, then I guess I will have to settle for a free coffee.' He said.
She started laughing at that comment and leaned into him tilting her head up. He brought his head down meeting her halfway. They shared a slow but passionate kiss. A kiss that expressed everything they were feeling in their hearts.
A throat clearing behind them caused them to jump apart. Liz turned around and saw her father behind her. Her cheeks reddened and she stepped away from Max slightly.
Mr. Parker noticed how Liz didn't move too far away from Max, and that kiss looked like a very intimate kiss. He would have to question Liz later about how CLOSE she and Max were later.
Max held Liz's hand possessively not wanting too much distance from her, especially with everything that's been going on lately.
"Good morning Mr. Parker." Max said.
"Max." Jeff replied.
Max turned to Liz, "So what can I help you with?"
"Could you check and make sure all the sugar containers on the tables are filled, and put the ones that need more on the counter. When you are done with that check the salt and pepper please." Liz said.
He smiled at her and nodded his head. She returned the smile and went to re-lock the door. Max let go of her hand reluctantly and headed off to do the task she set for him. He wanted to help so that they could sit for a few minutes together and just chill until opening.
'I love you,' he sent to her.
'I love you too,' she said turning to him and smiling.
Jeff noticed his daughter's smile and wondered about those too. 'I have to ask Nancy and see what she thinks,' he thought.
Liz looked up and saw her father deep in thought and started to panic. Max picked up on her flighty emotions and turned to her with concern etched all over his face. Jeff was watching them and noticed the panic on his daughter's face and the concern on Max's. He keep his facade of looking deep in thought to see what would happen next.
'Liz, what's wrong?' Max asked.
'Look at my dad Max,' she told him.
Max looked over to where Jeff was standing and noticed the look of thought on his face. Every once in a while he would notice Jeff look at Liz and then at him and then the thoughtful look would be back.
'Shit this can't be good. What do you think he's thinking about?' he asked.
'My guess would be us. Damn, if tries to keep us apart I swear I'll use my new powers on him,' Liz said.
'Liz, sweetie calm down. You will not use your powers on him, now be reasonable. We'll just make him understand that we will not be kept apart,' he told her.
'You're right I'm being irrational, it's just that with Nicholas being in Roswell, and everything else, I can't take being away from you,' she said turning to him.
Max could see the tears in her eyes and rushed over to her. He wrapped his arms around her and kissed the top of her head temporally forgetting about Mr. Parker.
"Liz, it will be all right I promise. We will take care of Nicholas together, all eight of us. He will never be able to hurt us after this. Well, I hope anyway." Max said.
'Who the hell is Nicholas and what are they talking about?' Jeff wondered.
"I know Max, but I'm still really scared. I mean this is getting so real no. I mean I believed your mother when she said that they were dangerous and that your planet is at War, but I never thought that they would bring it here. I can't lose you, I just can't." Liz cried.
'WAR! DANGEROUS!!! What the Hell!' Jeff said to himself.
"Liz with me, you, Isabel, Michael, and Tess we will be able to hold them off. I'm going to be counting on Alex for some type of strategy, and Maria too, she's good with coming up with plans. Maria will also be keeping Michael level headed." Max said. "We'll, will figure this out I swear, but you need to practice some more."
"I know and Michael, Maria, and I get off at 2 so we can all head out right after that. Are we going to the same place as yesterday or are we going to the pod chamber?" Liz asked.
"The same place as yesterday. If those guys are still following us I don't want to lead them near the Granolith." Max said.
'Granolith? Pod Chamber? OK, I'm calling the Evans' and the Whitman's as well as the Sheriff and Amy. This is to nuts. I wonder if any of them know about any of this?' Jeff wondered.
There was a knock at the front door interrupting Max and Liz. She turned to see who it was and saw her father standing where he was before looking shell shocked.
'Shit!' she thought.
'What?' Max asked.
'We started talking out loud didn't we?' Liz asked.
'Yeah I think so why?' Max asked. 'Shit!' he said realizing Mr. Parker was still down there.
'I think we should call everyone's families and have the huge discussion before we leave this afternoon.' Liz said.
'I will call everyone and ask them what they think. We will vote on it. If they decide to tell before then we will, if we decide to tell after then it's after.' Max said.
'OK.' Liz said.
She walked away from Max and opened the door.
"It's about time girl, I was standing there for like 5 minutes." Maria said.
"Sorry Maria, look I need to talk to you in the back." Liz replied.
"OK, let's go." Maria said.
'Max, you grab Michael when he walks in and tell him. I'm gonna call Alex and Kyle and tell them to get here as quickly as possible.' Liz told him.
'All right. I will call Iz and tell her to come as well.' Max said.
Maria and Liz walked into the back room. Before Liz could say thing Maria started to tell her about her and Michael.
"Well, Michael and I crossed the intimacy barrier last night. OH MY GOD! It was amazing!" Maria said.
"Maria! I'm so happy for you. Wow, this is a big thing for you guys." Liz said.
"I know." Maria countered.
"Hold that thought sista, I've got to make a phone call." Liz said.
"Sure no prob I'm not going anywhere." Maria told her.
Liz walked to the phone and called Alex. She explained that everyone needed to talk right away and asked him to pick up Isabel on his way because Max was already here. Then she called Kyle and told him the same thing telling him that he and Tess needed to get to the Crashdown quickly. Maria walked into the kitchen to hear Liz tell Kyle that he and Tess need to get there and fast. After Liz hung up the phone Maria started with the questions.
"What's so important? Oh my God did something happen? We aren't ready for this! Where's my Cedar Oil?" she asked.
"Maria calm down. I promise we will tell you as soon as everyone gets here." Liz said.
At that moment Max and Michael burst through the door.
"Damn it Maxwell what the hell is going on?" Michael shouted.
"Keep your voice down will ya!" Max yelled back. "Liz and I will explain I promise as soon as the others get here."
Five minutes later Alex, Isabel, Tess, and Kyle walked through the door and headed right into the back. Jeff saw them and decided that he needed to hear what they were talking about so he followed them and waited outside the door.
"OK Max what was so important that you had to wake me up at 7:30 on a Sunday?" Isabel asked none too pleased.
"OK, look. Liz and I were talking this morning about some of our fears of being torn away from one another. We didn't see Mr. Parker until Maria knocked on the door. We don't know how much he overheard and we decided that our parents need to know. If Liz's dad overheard anything significant then he will most likely tell the rest of the parents, and if we don't call them together to explain it all they could very well try to keep us all apart. Well, except Sheriff Valenti, since he's known for months now." Max said.
"I can't believe you were so stupid Maxwell, I mean couldn't you two just have had that conversation in your heads!" Michael yelled.
"Damn it Michael Liz was really upset and talking out loud was more comforting. Besides the connection gets all crazy when there's intense emotions in the way. I mean we could have communicated, but it would have been more difficult." Max said.
'Connection, being able to read each other's minds? What the hell is my baby girl into?' Jeff asked himself.
"Look, we called everyone here to decide on when to tell the parents. We need to vote on whether we tell them before we practice or after we practice." Liz said.
"I say before." Isabel said.
"I have to agree with Isabel." Liz said.
"Well, I say after." Michael said.
"I've got to side with Michael on this one. Sorry Iz." Max said.
Isabel just nodded her head. She knew her brother still feared telling their parents more then death.
"Well, I will have to go with before." Alex said.
"I say after." Tess added.
That left Kyle as the deciding factor. 'Damn it's all up to me,' he thought.
"Well, since anything could happen while we are out there in the desert practicing I will have to say before." Kyle said.
"OK there we have it, it's before." Max said with a shaking voice. "Liz tell your parents that we need to meet with them as soon as you three get off of work. I will call my parents and tell them to meet us here, Alex you tell your parents, Kyle call your dad, and Maria get in touch with your mom." Max said taking control.
"Aye Aye sir." Alex said with a mock salute.
Isabel shot him a glare.
"What?" he asked.
Liz and Maria started laughing in spite of themselves which made Isabel glare at them too. This only made them laugh harder.
"Sure just egg him on why don't you?" Isabel asked cracking a smile in spite of herself.
Everyone went off to call their parents. Liz ran upstairs to tell her mom that everyone's parents were coming over after she got off her shift because they had something to discuss. Her mother was confused but Liz promised everything would be explained if she was patient. Her mother reluctantly agreed and Liz went in search for her dad.
She found him sitting at the counter drinking a cup of coffee.
"Tell everyone to have their parent's here in a half hour. I'm closing the restaurant, we need to get this done now," he told her.
"OK." Liz said heading back to the back room.
She relayed her father's message and everyone called their parents back. They agreed to meet in a half hour at the Parker's. The eight teens took a shaky breath and found some comfort in the arms of their significant others and awaited their parents arrival.


(Part 18)

Sheriff Valenti was the first of the parents to show up. He looked at Jeff sitting at the counter of the Crashdown and wondered what the hell was going on. Kyle called him and said that he needed to come to the Crashdown because there was something important that he needed to hear.
The sheriff head Liz and Max talking in the back room. He assumed that all the clan was back there so he nodded a greeting to Jeff and headed to the back.
"Kyle? What the hell is going on?" Valenti asked.
"I think I can answer that one better then Kyle, sir. You see Liz and I were talking, remember how I told you since I had healed her she was changed?"
"Yes, but I'm still confused. Why do I have to be here?" He asked again.
"Well, Liz and I can read each other's thoughts, and feel each other's emotions since she changed, and well we were having a conversation in our heads which all of a sudden turned to us talking out loud. Mr. Parker was in the Crashdown getting things ready this morning and we don't know how much he overheard so we decided to tell the parents. And since you are one of the parents involved you need to be here." Max explained.
"OK, but I already know the secret." Sheriff Valenti said.
"Well, we all know that but no one else does. Besides you can help us fill in some gaps." Liz said.
"You've got a point there, but I seriously don't think you are going to need my help. Well, I'm going to go back out there and talk to Jeff until all the others get here. Good Luck!" Sheriff Valenti told them.
"Thanks," they all mumbled.
Jim walked back out to the front of the Crashdown. 'I wonder how much Jeff really knows. He doesn't look so good, he almost looks to be in shock. I can just imagine what the rest of them are going to do when they find out. I remember not truly believing it at first,' he thought to himself.
"Hi Jeff, how's it going?" Jim asked.
"Hi Jim. It's going, somewhere, I just don't know where to yet. Are you clueless to this whole thing or do you know things the rest of us don't know?" Jeff asked.
Before Jim could answer the door opened and the kids walked out. They figured it would be better to face all the parents as they came in instead of hiding in the back room. Max overheard Jeff's question and decided he should answer it because the sheriff was looking to Max silently asking what to do.
"Sheriff Valenti has known for months Mr. Parker. I'm sorry that we kept this a secret for so long, but we needed the sheriff's help otherwise he would still be in the dark. I promise we will answer everything as soon as everyone else gets here." Max said.
Jeff looked at the young Evans' boy and realized that the was the silent leader of this small group of friends. He nodded his head in understanding and everyone waited in silence.
Ten minutes later Mr. and Mrs. Evans along with Amy De Luca, and the Whitman's walked through the door. All the parents were wondering what was going on and why they were summoned to the Crashdown by their children.
"Max? Isabel? Is everything all right?" Mrs. Evans asked.
"Yes, Mom everything is fine. I think we should probably take this discussion upstairs or to the back room, if that would be all right?" Max said.
"Yes, upstairs. If everyone would follow my father up we will be right behind you." Liz said.
Jeff got up and led the way through the back room to the stair leading to his home. All the parents followed throwing curious looks to their children.
Liz could feel Max's fear. The rejection of his parents was worse then death to him. Liz sent him her love and tried to calm him down as much as possible.
'Max, they are your parents, and they raised you. No matter what they will love you,' Liz said reassuringly.
'Thank you, I really needed to hear that,' Max said back pulling her in for a hug.
"Will you guys try not to do the whole 'talk to each other in you head' thing around us please?" Maria said. "Share with the class."
"Sorry Maria. Max was feeling uneasy about telling his parents and I was trying to calm him down." Liz said.
"Oh sorry." Maria apologized.
"Don't worry about it. Izzy knows how nervous I am too. I think we better get up there before they send a search party for us." Max said.
Liz and Max lead everyone up the stairs to face the inevitable
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Sitting outside the Crashdown was the same green Explorer that has been lurking around for weeks.
"Hello? This is Marcus, put Nicholas on the phone. Nicholas there is yet another new development." Marcus said.
"What the hell do you mean there's another new development. Damn teenagers, what did they do now?" Nicholas yelled.
"They have gathered all the parents together. I don't know why, but my guess is to tell them the truth." Marcus said.
"Well, this changes some things, but not the overall purpose of my plan. Just keep an eye on things and call me back when the parents leave." Nicholas told him.
"Yes, sir, right away." Marcus said hanging up the phone. 'Now I've got to sit here and wait. This damn job is so boring,' he thought.
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Liz opened the door and walked in with Max closely behind her. After the two of them walked in Isabel, followed by Alex came in. Then Maria and Michael walked in with Tess and Kyle bringing up the rear.
All the parents looked up at them with a thousand questions streaming from their faces.
"OK, I promise that we will answer all the questions that you have all I ask is that you be patient with us. For many of us this is the hardest thing that we will ever have to do." Max said, taking Liz's hand for support.
Liz looked up and smiled a small smile and squeezed his had telling him that everything will be fine and she will never leave his side.
The Parker's and the Evans' noticed this little exchange and exchanged worried glances with each other. Max and Liz saw their parents worried faces and knew exactly what they were thinking, but it didn't matter because they had bigger problems at the moment.
"OK, there is so much to tell, but where to start." Max said.
"Try the beginning sweetie," his mom said.
He smiled at his mom and looked over at Isabel and Michael. Michael could tell that this was really hard for both of his friends, who was he kidding, his siblings, and he decided that he would start the ball rolling.
"All right, I know that this is probably going to sound totally unbelievable but you've got to trust me on this, we are telling the truth." Michael began.
Max shot him a smile of gratitude.
"You see, Isabel, Max, Tess and I were in the crash of 1947." Michael said.
"What? How? I don't believe this." Philip asked.
"Dad it's true. Max was the king of our people on our planet. Tess was his wife, although I don't think for very long, I am Max's sister, and Michael is Max's second in command and my betrothed." Isabel said.
"Your right this does sound unbelievable." Nancy said.
"Mom they are telling the truth, please let us finish." Liz said.
All the parents nodded their heads.
"Anyway, our there was a war on our planet and Isabel, Tess, Michael, and I died. Our technology is far more advanced then that of Earth, and our essence, as they call it, was preserved. They mixed our DNA, with human DNA and put us in incubation pods. They sent us to Earth because as far I as can guess, it is very much like our planet." Max said.
"But the crash of '47, how?" Diane asked.
"We were kept in our incubation pods until then. I don't know if the crash disturbed them or if we were supposed to be in there for that long. Nacedo died before I could ask him that. Nacedo was our protector, to answer your questions? We emerged from our pods in 1989, and that's when you found Isabel and I walking around in the desert." Max said.
"We had just broken out of our pods, Michael was with us until we saw the headlights. He was afraid to trust anyone and he hid." Isabel added.
"Yeah, now I wish I hadn't." Michael mumbled.
Maria gave Michael a small hug. He smiled down at her. Amy noticed this but bit her tongue.
All the parents noticed that the sheriff was awfully quiet.
"Jim? How come you don't have any questions?" Philip asked.
"That would be because I know the story already. We will be getting to that part shortly don't worry, but I've known for months." Jim said.
Philip looked hurt for a few minutes. 'The sheriff knows more about my children then I do,' the thought to himself.
"To continue, Isabel and I walked off the bus on that first day of school when we were six and I saw her. Liz Parker playing with Maria on the playground. I was drawn to her right then and there. I can't explain it, but it's as if I always knew I would find my true love on another planet. Sorry Tess." Max said.
Tess looked over at Max and smiled. She wasn't hurt by Max and Liz anymore. She had her arm around Kyle and Max noticed this.
"I guess we all were meant to find our loves here. Maybe that is why it took us so many years to break free from our pods, I don't know." Max said.
"Even at such a young age we knew that if anyone found out about us we would be in danger. We knew exactly what we were from day one, don't ask me how but we just did." Michael said. "Anyway, we decided that we could tell no one about our origins. We tried to blend in as much as possible, to be NORMAL." Michael stressed.
"This worked for us for years. Max loved Liz from afar, and it was just the three of us, as we didn't know about Tess yet." Isabel said.
"Then our world got turned upside down. Max blew everything and opened our secret up for the whole world." Michael said.
"How? If you guys kept this a secret for so long, how, or better yet why, would you do something to compromise that?" Amy asked.
"Well, you see, Maria and I were working our shift, and Michael and Max were in the Crashdown. I remember this day like it was yesterday." Liz said. "Maria kept telling me that Max was staring at me. I didn't want to believe her but I looked up and he was looking at me. Anyway, these two customers started arguing and one of them pulled out a gun. I was frozen, I couldn't move. The next think I know I'm on the ground and Max was above me," she continued.
"OH my GOD! What the hell happened?" Nancy said near hysterics.
"Liz was shot. I couldn't let her die, she was my life. I've loved her for so long. Michael tried to pull me out of the restaurant, but I wouldn't leave. I got out of his grasp and ran over to Liz. I wasn't even thinking, just reacting. I tore her uniform open and placed my hand over her wound, and I healed her." Max said.
"What do you mean she was shot? How could you have healed her?" Jeff asked.
"They all have powers. Michael's is to protect, he can release an energy blast from his hands, Tess can make people see things that aren't there, Isabel can walk into your dreams, and Max can heal. They each can put up a shield to protect themselves from anything coming at them, and each can send small energy blasts....Michael's were designed to be stronger." Maria said.
"Yes, they are our very own super heroes." Alex said trying to break the tension.
The parents let out a little laugh still in shock, Isabel jabbed her elbow lightly into Alex's ribs, and everyone else sighed.
"What? Sorry, you know I crack jokes when things get too serious." Alex said.
"Anyway, I left a silver hand print on Liz's abdomen and she found me in school the next day to ask me some questions. She also made a slide of my cells taken from my pencil and noticed that they were different. Since I could never lie to her I told her that myself, Isabel and Michael were aliens. She didn't want to believe me at first, but after I reconnected with her she took it better. When I healed her I saw flashes from her past, and when I reconnected with her I showed her flashes of my past." Max said.
"At this point I tried to expose Max. I knew there was something different about him. I knew that he had done something to Ms. Parker. I just couldn't place it. There was no bullet hole anywhere in the Crashdown, so I took Liz's uniform without her knowledge and saw the bullet hole. Kyle noticed a silver print on her stomach, but by the time I got to ask her about it was gone." Sheriff Valenti said.
"Jim, how could you?" Diane asked.
"I'm sorry for that, I need to apologize to you, I've already apologized to them and make up for my stupidity, I swear.
"I told Maria, who freaked out at first but she soon accepted it. Alex found out when Max and I got into that car accident. They took a sample of Max's blood, and we needed to switch it quick. Michael couldn't give his so that left only one other guy I could trust...Alex." Liz said.
"Yeah, I was very hurt about not knowing what was going on. Then I found out and I thought she was kidding, but it's been like an episode of the Twilight Zone ever since, and I wouldn't trade it for the world.
"These people mean a lot to you don't they Alex?" Mrs. Whitman asked.
"Yes, mom they do. I would do anything to help them, and on occasion I have." Alex said.
"Yes, every one of us has proven themselves to be a trusted friend. We learned to trust one another and realized that we are stronger as a unit then as individuals." Max added.
"Well, we found out that the FBI had sent someone to investigate the shooting. Liz and I hacked into her computer and found her out. She was our guidance counselor, Miss. Topolski." Alex said.
"After we found her out she was shipped away, and they sent Agent Pierce, as a deputy. He was undercover in the sheriff's office. At this point the sheriff still didn't know anything, but he saved Max's life from an alien hunter named Hubble." Isabel said.
"By now Isabel and Michael tried to contact Nacedo, and he heard the calling and came. He kidnapped Liz to lure Pierce out of his hiding spot. Max of course ran to Liz's rescue and the FBI ended up catching him." Maria said.
"We had Isabel dreamwalk Max to find out where he was taken. After he told us who had him and where he was taken, Michael, Isabel and I left to get him." Tess said.
"Nacedo was there, and he shapshifted, oh he could take the form of anyone he killed, and showed me how to change my fingerprints, since I could change molecular structures, we all can, and we went to search for Max." Michael said.
"I dreamwalked Max again to tell him we were coming to get him and to just make Pierce think that he could activate the orbs." Isabel said.
"Then I used my mind powers and made Pierce think that Max had actually gotten the orbs to work." Tess said.
"While all of this was going on, I knew that we needed more help, so I went and got the sheriff." Liz said.
"I took Liz, Maria and Alex and we headed to the compound that the FBI had, and made it inside to help Michael get Max out of there. Isabel and Tess met us by the cars." Jim said.
"We then split up. Maria took Alex, Michael, Tess and myself and Max went with Liz. The FBI chased them." Isabel said.
"Max and I had to ditch the car and make a run for it. He was so weak, but he kept running." Liz said.
"You gave me the strength to go on." Max told her. "We found an abandoned bus and stopped there. Liz kissed me and I couldn't stop the images that she saw. She saw everything I had been through. All the torture, how Pierce showed me her dead to get me to talk. He couldn't understand that I didn't have the answers he wanted. I don't know where I'm from, and at the time I didn't know why I was here." He added.
"The FBI had found us again in the morning. Max had more strength so we made a run for it again." Liz said.
"The sheriff and I went out to look for them. I saw them running down the highway with a car chasing them closely. I made the sheriff stop and I held up my hand and let an energy beam go. It was just a bright white light, but it stopped the car. I didn't know how I knew how to do it, but I did. Max and Liz climbed in the car and we headed to the abandoned mine to talk." Michael said.
"We decided then and there that we had to stick together. I had to tell the sheriff everything. He proved himself loyal and needed to know the truth. We devised a plan to keep Kyle safe and to make Pierce think that Valenti trusted him." Max said.
"But like always, I didn't listen. I thought my father was in trouble. I didn't trust Max and I took one of my dad's guns and followed them to the UFO center. I untied Pierce thinking he was the good guy and he tried to shoot my dad. My father shot at him, accidentally hitting me, he didn't know I was there, and Michael blasted Pierce, killing him, or so I was told." Kyle said.
"I asked Max to heal my son. He couldn't die, it was my fault. I was trying to protect these kids and almost killed my son." Jim said.
"I healed Kyle as you can see because he is sitting here, and then Michael, Isabel Tess, Liz and I went to the pod chamber after we got Nacedo body. We used the healing stones and brought him back to life. He took Pierce's form and disbanded the Special Unit. After he left we activated the orbs even though he warned us not to. We got a message from Izzy's and my mother. She told us about the Skins and how they were on Earth, and told us we were destined to be together. Liz left me after she heard that." Max said.
"I couldn't stand in the way of his destiny. He had so many people counting on him. He wouldn't take no for an answer and I almost gave in. But, a future version of himself came and told me that Tess left because Max and I cemented our relationship and treated her badly. Because of that the Skins took over Earth, and Isabel and Michael died. I did everything I could think of to get Max to fall out of love with me like Future Max told me, but nothing worked. So I did the only thing I could think of and made it look like Kyle and I slept together. I knew Max was coming to my window because Future Max told me he would and I had it set up so he would see Kyle and I in bed together. It worked because Future Max disappeared. Max and fallen out of love with me." Liz said crying.
Max pulled her close to him and let her cry.
"I didn't truly believe it, and eventually the truth came out and we are back together now. She appeared in New York, she somehow dreamwalked me and prevented me from dying. Ava, Tess's look alike told Isabel, Michael and Liz that I had changed her when I healed her. She has powers like the rest of us now. She can see things about people...whether they are a Skin or not to be precise." Max said.
"That's pretty much it. I know you are wondering why we decided to tell you now. Well, my father overheard Max and I talking. We didn't know we were talking out loud, because since he changed me we can read each other's thoughts, and when we realized that my father overheard some of what we were saying we decided to tell all of you." Liz said.
"Yeah, that and the Evil Empire has found us." Alex said.
"Alex!" Maria yelled.
"What, well they are like the evil empire. I mean Kavar, the evil king, is the Emperor, and Nicholas is Darth Vader, if you think about it in Star Wars terms." Alex said.
Everyone laughed at this. Alex definitely knew how to relieve stressful moments.
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*Ring...Ring*
"Hello?" Marcus said.
"Marcus, I've got a better idea. Are they all still in there?" Nicholas asked.
"Yes, sir, they are all still there." Marcus said.
"Good, I'm sending some guys over, I want you to go in there and shake things up a bit." Nicholas said.
"If anyone leaves before our guys get there call me and let me know." Nicholas told him.
"OK, sir. I will." Marcus said. 'Finally some action,' he thought.



(Part 19)

The eight teens were met with silence. This was the part Max was afraid of. 'My parents are repulsed, I knew it,' he thought.
'Max stop saying that, they aren't repulsed and you know it. Deep down in your heart you know that you would never repulse them, they are just in shock,' Liz scolded him.
Max looked into Liz's eyes and then down to the ground. He knew that she was right, but he still feared that his parents would hate him because he's not normal.
Diane Evans noticed her son's downcast face and saw the look Max gave Liz. 'I wonder what it would be like to be able to share someone's thoughts?' she asked herself.
Diane got up and slowly walked over to her children. Max involuntarily flinched expecting the worst. Diane saw this and realized that her son was afraid of her.
"Max?" she asked.
"Yeah mom?" Max replied
"Come here. Izzy, come here too." Diane said.
Both her children walked over to their mother. Max reluctantly let go of Liz's hand. Both of Liz's parents noticed how neither Max nor Liz wanted to let go of one another. When her children reached her Diane pulled them into a big hug.
"I love you both very much. I wish you would have told your father and I this sooner, but I understand why you felt that you couldn't," she told them.
"I'm very proud of all of you." Diane added pulling away from her children. "Michael, even though you aren't actually my son, I've always thought of you as one. Come here."
Michael cautiously made his way over to Mrs. Evans. When he was standing in front of her she gave him a fierce hug. He smiled and hugged her back whole heartily.
"I always envied Max and Isabel because they had such great parents, but you and Mr. Evans have helped me so much over the years that in my heart I considered you my parents too. Thank you." Michael said letting his wall down for a moment.
Maria was very moved by his words. When Michael let go of Diane he walked back over to Maria and took her hand again. She leaned over to whisper in his ear.
"That was the sweetest thing I've ever heard Michael." Maria said.
"Thank you," he replied blushing slightly.
"I can't believe that we had no idea what was going on in any of your lives!" Jeff exclaimed.
"Well, dad, we had to keep everything a secret, we knew that the FBI was here and how much trouble they could cause, and we knew what would happen if any of our friends got caught." Liz started explaining.
"Yes, you said all of that Lizzie but what would have happened if the FBI had taken you, Maria, Alex, or Kyle instead of Max, Isabel, Michael, or Tess?" Nancy asked.
All they parents nodded their heads telling their children that they needed to know the answer to this question.
"Well, the FBI would have experimented and tortured any of us if they caught us. They would have wanted to see if we changed Liz, Maria, Alex, or Kyle in anyway, and they would have tested us to see how we were different." Max said with a shudder.
"I'm sorry Max, I know you went through that but I just needed to know." Nancy said.
"It's ok Mrs. Parker, I know that, it's just it's hard to even think about. I was alone in a white padded room and Pierce kept coming in and being a prick. Sorry for the language, but he was, and then he showed me all of my friends dead. It hurt but when he showed me the picture of what they would do to Liz I lost it." Max said. "I promise you I would do anything to protect her, well any of us. Every one of my friends is very important to me and I couldn't risk losing any of them."
"So what do we do now?" Sheriff Valenti asked.
"I don't know. It's really hard being only 17 and in charge." Max stated honestly.
"I used to envy you that too Maxwell, but now I'm grateful that I'm only the second in command." Michael said.
"Thanks Michael, that helps." Max said teasingly.
"Hey buddy, just letting you know." Michael replied in the same sarcastic tone.
Max, Liz, Isabel, Tess, Alex, Maria, Kyle, and Michael started laughing hysterically. The parents noticed that even though their relationships had been tested to the limits many times their children could still laugh and act like normal teens.
The eight friends got control of themselves and looked at their parents. When they did they noticed smiles across the board.
'I guess everything is going to be all right.' Liz told Max.
'Yes, I will definitely have to agree with you on that one, things are looking good.' Max said.
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"All right people, we are going to be as quiet as possible. I want to take his Royal Highness by surprise. He won't know what hit him. No one, and I am stressing NO one is to be killed. Nicholas said that there can be injuries but absolutely NO DEATHS!" Marcus said.
"Yes, Sir," the soldiers replied.
"All right then, lets get a move on. Paul disable the lock on the door and then we go up." Marcus said.
Paul walked up to the door of the restaurant and held his hand over the lock. Within three seconds the lock opened and Paul held the door for the rest of them.
The Skins made their way into the Crashdown as quietly as possible.
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Liz was standing next to Max smiling at her parents. 'I can't believe that they took the news so well,' she thought.
'Yeah me neither, I really thought I was going to be a dead man.' Max said.
Liz looked up at Max and smiled. 'I wouldn't let that happen. I love you too much, I would have protected you trust me,' she told him.
All of a sudden Liz started to collapse.
"LIZ!" Max shouted catching her before she hit the ground.
"What's wrong with her! What's wrong with my baby!" Nancy yelled.
"I don't know. We were just talking and then she started falling." Max said.
"Max, connect with her, figure it out." Isabel said with fear lacing her voice.
"Man, I need my Cedar Oil." Maria said.
"You know just when you thought things were going to be normal the X-Files stuff has to start happening again." Alex said.
Max put his hands on both sides of Liz's face. He took a deep breath and started to focus only on Liz. Just as he was about to make the connection, she woke up.
"MMMAAAXXX!" Liz screamed.
"I'm right here. What happened?" Max asked concerned.
"They are coming, they're downstairs coming up." Liz said franticly. "We've got to get out of here."
"Who's coming?" Mr. Whitman asked.
"The Skins. Marcus is leading them. Nicholas must have sent them. God Max, why are they doing this?" Liz said.
"I don't know Liz, I really don't, but I promise you this time we are going to get Nicholas," he told her.
"OK listen, everyone to my room, we can climb out through the window and onto the balcony. Then take the fire escape to the ally. We will have to leave in this order. Michael, Maria, Tess and Kyle. Then after them Mr. and Mrs. Whitman, Amy, and Sheriff Valenti. Then my parents and Max's parents and after them Isabel, Alex, Max and myself." Liz said.
Max nodded his head agreeing with Liz.
"Why in that order?" Jim asked.
"Because we will need Michael's energy blasts, and Tess can start to form a shield if needed, that way the parents will be safe for the time being. Izzy, Liz and I will need to be in the back because the Skins are coming up and we will have to fend them off. When we reach the ground we can figure out what to do next." Max said.
"Liz babe, you are already acting like a Queen." Maria said.
"What?!" Nancy exclaimed.
"I'll explain later mom. Let's go everyone we don't have too much time." Liz said.
Maria and Michael let the way to Liz's room. Once everyone was inside Max closed and locked the door to buy them some time. Max walked up to the window and changed it's proportions so it would be easier to climb out of.
The parents watched in amazement. They hadn't seen a demonstration of their children's power yet and to see it was amazing.
Max heard the front door open. "They've made it into the apartment. Hurry up and get outside." Max said in a hushed tone.
"Damn, they must have known we were coming. I guess the Queen is stronger then Nicholas anticipated." Marcus said.
"So what do we do now sir?" one of the soldiers asked.
"The only way out is through her bedroom window, so take half of the men and head outside to the Ally. The rest of you come with me." Marcus said.
Jeff heard what Marcus said. "How does he know that?"
"Dad they've been watching us for weeks. We only realized it this week, and I'm out on my balcony writing all the time so they had to have seen me." Liz said not telling her father that Max left that way really early in the morning the other day.
Liz concentrated hard on Maria. 'Maria babe can you hear me?' Liz asked.
'Yeah what the Hell!' Maria exclaimed in her head.
'Cool, I didn't think it would work. Listen, I don't know how I did this but tell Michael and Tess that they sent some people to the ally. Be careful. I will see you in a few minutes. Remember I love you, you are the only sister I've ever had.' Liz said.
'I'll tell them. I always thought of you as my sister too babe. I will see you in a few. Love you too. Tell Alex I love him as well.' Maria said.
'I will.' Liz told her.
"Alex, Maria says that she loves you." Liz said.
Isabel, Max and Alex all looked at Liz.
"What? I concentrated and was able to form a brief mind link with her. I told her to warn Michael and Tess about their company and we exchanged our worry and love for one another. Alex, Maria and I have been like brother and sister for many years, so she told me to tell Alex that she loves him." Liz said.
"I didn't know you could do that." Alex said.
"Yeah well me neither, I just had to give it a shot." Liz said.
Max squeezed her hand and the four of them walked over to the window. The Parker's had just climbed out the window and his parents were going next.
"Iz, you and Alex are after Mom and Dad. I love you." Max said.
"I love you too Max, but you'll be right behind us. Liz I know we started off rocky, but I'm glad that you're my sister." Isabel said.
Liz was speechless, and Isabel could sense this. Liz gave Isabel a big hug and whispered in her ear, "Thank you, that really means a lot."
"You're welcome, and I mean it." Isabel whispered back.
The bedroom door burst open just as Isabel climbed through the window.
"MAX! LIZ!" Isabel exclaimed.
She had seen the door burst open.
"Hello your Royal Highnesses." Marcus said snidely.
"Hello, Marcus is it?" Max asked.
"I see you know who I am. Might I inquire how?" Marcus asked.
"You can, but we aren't answering." Liz flippantly replied.
"Your Queen is a feisty one. I wonder if Kavar will decide to keep her for himself when he finds out she has some sprit." Marcus said.
"I'd kill her myself before I let Kavar have her," was Max's reply.
"How very noble of you your Highness, but you will be dead long before you would have a chance to kill your beautiful wife." Marcus replied.
"Then I would just kill myself." Liz said.
"Ah, how very Romeo and Juliet of you." Marcus said sarcastically.
He held his had up to fire a shot but both Max and Liz anticipated this and while Marcus was baiting them they positioned their hands so a shield could be activated quickly.
Marcus was taken aback, he didn't expect them to be so prepared. 'I bet Nicholas didn't either,' he thought.
"Paul, call the men in the ally and find out how they are doing." Marcus said throwing more energy blasts at Max and Liz.
Because they were touching and together they were stronger, but they knew they would get tired shortly.
'Start backing up towards the window and try to contact Isabel. Ask her to make the window bigger so we can just back out of it.' Max said.
'All right.' Liz replied.
'Isabel? Isabel can you hear me?' Liz asked.
'Liz, thank God. Are you guys all right?' Isabel wanted to know.
'We're fine. Marcus is shooting blasts at us and Max and I though not tired yet will be soon. We are backing up towards the window slowly. Can you make it bigger? We need to be able to just back out of it he's too strong to try and defend with only one person holding the shield.' Liz said.
'Yes, I'm working on the window now. I can see you and Max. OK, you shouldn't have a problem walking through it now.' Isabel said.
'Thanks Iz.' Liz said.
'You're welcome,' she replied.
'Max, she did it.' Liz told him.
'Good. Let's go,' he said.
They backed out of the window still holding the shield up. The Parker's and the Evans' had never seen anything like that before, it was an awesome sight, they only wished that their children didn't have to go through this kind of thing to show them.
"Iz try and brick up the window to buy us some time." Max said.
"I'll try." Isabel replied.
She did it. They knew that it would only buy them a couple of minutes but Max and Liz needed to rest and recoup.
"OK everyone down the fire escape. We only have a few minutes before he gets through that wall. Jeff and Nancy went first followed closely by Diane and Philip. Alex and Isabel went next and then Liz. Max was brining up the rear. Just as Max went over the fire escape the temporary wall was broken.
"MICHAEL! HELP PLEASE!" Liz cried.
Michael ran over to the fire escape hoping Tess could hold them off a few minutes longer. He shot three energy blasts up to the balcony. By the time the third reached Max and company were on the ground.
"Thank you." Liz said.
"Hey no prob, it's my job. But we need to go and help Tess now." Michael said.
Max held Liz's hand and they formed a shield. Isabel held onto Liz's shoulder and she added to the shield. Tess let go of her shield to regain her strength. Alex had an idea and held onto Isabel's shoulder and held out his hand.
"Alex what are you doing?" Maria asked him.
"Trust me, I know that this is going to work." Alex said.
A few minutes later a green shield emanated from his hand. Everyone was surprised to see this just as much as Alex.
"I just had a feeling that it would work. I always knew I was a part of Isabel," he said.
Michael grabbed Alex's shoulder and added to the force field, and Maria grabbed his arm and contributed too. She was happy and surprised that it worked. Michael looked down and smiled at her. She returned his smile.
'I'm meant for him!' she thought excitedly.
Tess by now had enough strength to join them. She held onto Maria and Kyle held on to Tess. The eight of them formed a circle around the parents so they wouldn't get hurt.
Marcus called Nicholas and told him what had happened.
"Damn, they are really strong. I've got to get in touch with Kavar and see what he wants me to do next. Come back to base, we've got to figure something else out." Nicholas said.
"Yes, sir." Marcus replied.
Marcus walked up to a spot near the group so Max could hear him.
"This isn't over young King. We will be back, and your Queen will be Kavar's." Marcus said.
"Over my dead body she will be." Max replied angrily.
"Well, that's the idea." Marcus snidely remarked walking away.


Edited by - luvroswell26 on 09/06/2001 22:32:11
posted on 5-Sep-2001 10:38:23 PM
Part 20:

Before Marcus left he threw one more comment over his shoulder. He yelled it loud enough so everyone could hear it.
"I know for a fact that Kavar would like your little spitfire too Michael. I think I will tell him about her." Marcus taunted.
"The Hell you will!" Michael yelled shooting an energy blast at him.
Marcus deflected the blast with his own shield. Then said, "I will be seeing all of you soon!"
With that he was gone. The eight friends and stunned parents were left standing in the ally wondering what was going to happen next.
"Is everyone all right?" Max asked.
"Yeah, fine." Philip said.
"I think we are all fine, a little tired but fine." Kyle added.
"Ok, I think maybe we should get inside in case anyone comes walking by. We don't know if anyone saw any of that wonderful show we just put on, and I'm in no mood for questions." Michael said.
"Michael's right. We need to get out of here, but where should we go?" Maria added.
"Well, for now lets just get inside the Crashdown. We'll figure something out from there." Max said taking charge again.
They all walked through the back door. Jeff walked around seeing if anything was broken and was surprised to find everything intact.
"They were trying to be quiet so of course they wouldn't brake anything. They just wanted us." Liz said.
"Man is this crap ever going to end?" Kyle asked.
"Look everyone, I'm sorry that we put you in trouble. I'm more sorry than anyone. If I hadn't brought Liz into all of this then she, Maria, Alex, and Kyle would be safe." Max said.
"Yes, but Max if you didn't bring me into this, I wouldn't be alive right now. So I don't regret what you did and you shouldn't either." Liz said. "Besides I wouldn't have made such nice friends. I mean Isabel would still be playing Ice Queen, and Tess wouldn't have had anyone to bicker with for a while, and we wouldn't have been able to become pretty good friends," she added.
"She's right Maxwell. I mean, I wouldn't have ever met Maria, and even though I thought she was weird at first, I'm more then happy, and very proud that she stuck around. I would still be the 'Stone Wall' as she calls me, if it wasn't for her." Michael said.
"And I wouldn't have met Alex. He's been my rock through so much of what we went through, and you wouldn't have been able to lead because even then Liz was your heart. Without her you would have been a shell, and at that time we didn't even know that she loved you too." Isabel added.
"Ok, ok, you guys are 100% correct. I'm sorry. I just feel so guilty that everyone is in danger because of what we are." Max stated.
"But we all love you Max, each in our own ways, and we don't care about the dangers. We only care about you, all of you. Don't you see that nothing is going to be more important to any of us then each other. I would die if anything happened to any of you, but it would be unbearable if something happened to YOU." Liz said.
"I feel the same about Michael." Maria added.
"Yeah, and I feel the same way about Isabel." Alex stated.
"Same goes for me. It would be devastating if anything happened to Tess." Kyle said.
The teens forgot about their parents standing in the restaurant, they were so focused on each other.
"I understand but..." Max started.
"No buts Max. We would follow you anywhere no matter the danger, now stop feeling sorry for yourself, or else." Liz threatened.
"Or else what?" Max asked.
"Or else I'll kick your butt." Liz said aloud, but in her head she sent him, 'Or else I'll stop kissing you.'
"Do you really think you could?" Max asked playfully.
"Oh yeah I know I would." Liz said. 'I could probably hold out longer then you, although I really don't want to find out,' she told him.
'I do believe that you could, and I don't want to find out either,' he replied. "Ok, I'm done feeling sorry for myself. I'm sorry." Max said.
"That's ok." Liz said giving him a kiss.
Michael walked over to the jukebox and turned it on with his powers. He didn't care what song came on just as long as there was music.
The song "Your Where I Belong" came blaring out of the jukebox and everyone just sat and listened to the chorus when it came on.

Yeah I am home now, home now
I've been waiting for forever to find you, to find you
I'm not alone now, alone now
Cuz you've taken in my heart from the cold
All I know is every time I look into your eyes I'm home, I know

You're where I belong
I belong with you
You're where I belong
And I know it's the truth
You're part of my heart
There's nothing I can do
Oh you're the one who keeps me warm
My baby you're where I belong

"You are where I belong Liz. I've always known it." Max told her.
"I know. I think somewhere inside me I've know it as long as you have Max. Promise me that you will take me where ever you go? I can't bear to live without you." Liz confessed.
"I promise. I will never leave you behind," Max said, "if I can help it," he added.
"That works for me." Liz said.
"Ok guys, I hate to break up this compassion party believe me I do, but what are we going to do now?" Alex asked.
"Well, I'm guessing that we should all stay in a hotel for the night. I can't think of anyplace safer at the moment. They know where we all live." Max said.
"Yeah, I know my parents and I can't stay here tonight. I'm sure Marcus will come back tonight when it's just me to protect my parents, and since I'm not all that powerful I won't be able to fend them off for long." Liz said.
"But with your mind link with Max.." Maria started.
"He wouldn't be able to get here fast enough. Anything could happen during that time." Liz finished.
Max tightened his arms around Liz subconsciously.
"I will not jeopardize the safety of Liz, or her parents." Max said in his leader voice.
Everyone knew that the subject was closed for discussion.
"Ok Maxwell, I don't want to put anyone in danger either, but a hotel? Can't we all just crash at someone's place?" Michael asked.
"Well, I guess so." Max said.
"Good, then I think this is how we should do it. We've got some spare rooms. Everyone could stay with us. Liz, Izzy, Tess, and Maria can sleep in Izzy's room. Max, Michael, Kyle, and Alex can stay in Max's room. The Parker's will get one of the spare rooms, the Whitman's will get another, and Amy and Jim can share the last one. Unless that's too weird for you too." Diane said.
"No, I think we are adult enough to share a room." Jim said.
"Good then it's settled. Let's get back to the house, where it's more comfortable." Philip suggested.
"Ok we'll meet you guys there. No, you know what I don't want anyone separated for the next few hours. Yet, Izzy, Michael, Tess, Liz and I have to practice. I also what to test Alex's theory. If they can build a shield then maybe they can do other stuff too." Max said.
"What are you getting at Maxwell?" Michael asked.
"Well, I'm saying that I think we should take the parents with us. I mean that way we can protect them if necessary." Max said.
"That's a great idea Max. I was a little worried about letting mom and dad go home with no protection. Then again I was sort of expecting us to go home too, but I know we need to strengthen our powers." Isabel said.
"Well, it's really up to you guys. If you want to come with us you can. If you think that you'll be all right going home I guess I'll have to live with that too." Max said.
"No son, I'm going to trust your instincts on this. I say we go with you." Philip said.
"Yes, I'm a bit curious about Alex's discovery too." Mr. Whitman confessed.
"Me too." Alex said. "I don't really know how I knew that it would work, but I just had a hunch, and since we all know what hunches usually lead to, I had to go with it."
"Well, then, let us be getting on the road. Do we need to stop for anything before we go?" Max asked.
"Yeah, can we stop by my house for my Laptop?" Alex asked.
"Yeah sure." Max said.
"Why do you need your laptop Whitman?" Kyle asked.
"Well, Valenti," Alex started using Kyle's last name also, "I was going to continue my search for where our evil aliens could be hiding."
"Oh, I should have figured." Kyle mumbled.
"Hey don't hate me because I'm a computer whiz!" Alex joked.
Kyle cracked a smile in spite of himself. It seemed like everyone had a purpose. Even Maria could come up with a plan on the spot, but what could he do?
"Kyle are you all right?" Tess asked.
"Yeah, I'm just a little bummed. It's like I don't have a special function," he confessed.
"Yes, you do Kyle. You help keep us grounded. Very much the same way Liz does, yet different. I can't really explain it, but remember that Max healed you too, so you probably have super powers too." Tess said trying to lighten the mood.
"Yeah I guess you're right. Ok everyone, let's get this show on the road." Kyle announced.
Everyone headed outside and into their respective. After stopping at the Whitman's they headed out to the desert to practice.

Part 21:

Max pulled the jeep into a clearing not too far from the pod chamber. He just had a feeling that they needed to be near here today. 'Liz do you feel it too?' Max asked her.
'Yeah, like there's something out here that we need to find or something,' Liz said.
'Yes, I wonder if anyone else can sense it,' Max thought.
'I don't know, but we could always ask them,' she told him.
Once everyone got out of the cars Michael walked over to Max and Liz.
"How come after all this time of being away from the Pod Chamber are we practicing here?" Michael asked.
Maria, Alex, Isabel, Tess, Kyle, and the parents have all congregated around by now waiting to hear the answer. None of the parents knew what the Pod Chamber was but thinking back on what they were told it was a good guess that this rock formation was where Max, Isabel, Michael and Tess were born.
"Can't you feel it Michael?" Maria asked.
"No feel what?" Michael countered.
"I don't know I can't really explain it. It's like an energy surge, like there's something out here that we need to use or find." Maria said.
"Maria! You feel it too!" Liz asked excitedly.
"Yeah why?" Maria asked.
"Well, Max and I felt it when we left Alex's house so that is why we drove out here. We were wondering if anyone else could feel it." Liz explained.
"I sort of felt a pull at Alex's house, but it is definitely stronger now that we are here." Isabel said.
"Yeah I noticed it too." Alex, Tess and Kyle added.
"Well, how come I can't?" Michael asked.
"I don't know Michael." Max said truthfully.
"You have your guard up again Michael. Don't try to deny it I can sense it, try letting it go and relaxing." Maria said.
'Damn how the hell did she know that?' He asked himself.
'I don't know spaceboy I just did.' Maria said. 'HOLY CRAP! I can hear you inside my head!'
'Yeah I noticed.' Michael said looking at Maria.
"Hey are you guys all right?" Alex asked. "You look like you've seen a ghost or something."
"Yeah, yeah, fine...it's just...it's just that um..." Maria stammered.
"We sorta read each other's minds." Michael said.
"Well, I guess now we know that it's not one of Liz's powers. I can safely guess that the Visions that Liz gets is her power." Max said.
"How did this mind reading thing happen?" Isabel asked.
"Yeah, why is it only Michael, Maria, Liz, and Max?" Mr. Parker asked.
"Um...I don't know." Max said.
'Maria can you hear me?' Liz asked.
'Yeah chica what's up?' Maria asked. 'This is so cool!'
'Yeah, it is isn't it. Um, did you and Michael you know move to the next level?' Liz asked.
'Um yes. I was going to tell you all about it this morning but we had some company and other problems. It happened last night. You and Max did too didn't you?' Maria asked.
'Yeah a couple of days ago. Actually the day we told you about being able to read each other's minds. I guess when you mate, you form a really strong connection and after that connection is formed you can communicate with anyone who has a really strong connection to someone else. Either that or because we are such good friends we can just do this now.' Liz said.
"Yeah it seems like that's a possibility." Maria said aloud.
Maria gasped realizing too late that she said that out loud.
"What seems like a possibility?" Ms. De Luca asked.
"Um, well, I guess.." Maria started.
"We're going to have to tell them anyway. Look Maria and I aren't exactly innocent anymore." Liz said blushing not meeting her parents eyes.
Max pulled her closer to him a blush on his face too.
'Why did you tell them?' he asked Liz.
'I had to. Maria and Michael are intimate too that's why they can read each other's minds.' Liz said.
"WHAT!" Jeff and Philip yelled.
"My baby's not a baby anymore." Nancy said crying.
"Look, I know that this comes as a shock," Max began.
"A shock! No, Max, this is ridiculous. You are too young for this." Philip said.
"I have to agree with Philip. You are both too young." Jeff said walking up to Max and Liz.
Jeff grabbed a hold of Liz's arm and tried to pry her away from Max. Max didn't know what to do. He wanted to pull Liz back, but did he really have any rights?
Diane was just watching everything that was going on around her. Maria was trying to comfort her mom, Michael looked torn between embarrassment and wanting to kill Liz. Max just looked shell shocked, like he couldn't believe someone was taking his Liz away.
"OK everyone just calm down!" Diane yelled.
At once everyone stopped what they were doing and looked at her.
"There has got to be some sort of explanation for all of this and if we just calm down I'm sure that we can find it," she said.
Jeff let go of his daughter and was mildly disgusted when she ran back into Max's arms. Max looked relieved to have Liz back in his arms.
"I'm sorry Liz I didn't know what to do." Max said choking back tears.
"I wouldn't have let him take me away from you. I love you will all my heart and soul and nothing could keep us apart short of death." Liz swore.
Everyone gasped at the confession. Liz just turned and looked at all of them.
"I know you think we are young," this was addressed to Max's parents and her own, "but we know what true love is. I know you don't want to except this, but I know Max all the way down to his soul, and he knows me all the way down to mine. There will never be anyone else for me. I knew this and when we made the decision to make Love we knew it would be forever." Liz explained.
"How can you be so sure?" Nancy asked.
"They only way I know how to explain it fully is to form a connection. Max and I will form a connection with all of you to show you how deeply committed we are to one another." Liz said.
Everyone agreed. "We are going to need your help, Michael, Izzy, Maria, Alex, Tess, Kyle." Liz said.
"Yes, I want to show all of you as well, but I've never tried to form a connection this big before, and I will need you to share some of your energy with me and Liz." Max said.
"No problem." His friends said.
"OK good then everyone form a circle and hold hands." Max said.
Once this was done he continued.
"OK, I need everyone to clear your minds. Think of nothing,' he told them. 'Liz just clear your mind and only think of the love you have for me.' Max told her.
After he gave Liz her instructions he started to concentrate on Liz and only Liz. A few minutes everyone in the circle could see how Max and Liz saw each other. From the first moment they laid eyes on each other in third grade up until the present moment. They could feel Max's fear when Liz was shot, and how beautiful he thinks she is. They could feel Liz's fear when Max was taken by the FBI and how relieved she was when they got him out. How overjoyed she was when he told her that she was his destiny. How depressed she was when Future Max told her she had to let him go. They could feel Max's determination in getting Liz back after she left him at the cave. How betrayed he felt when he saw Liz in bed with Kyle. The way he felt when he saw the vision of Liz in NYC and how she saved his life. The determination he had to find out the truth of what was really going on between Kyle and Liz and how happy he was when he found out it was a lie. How happy Liz was to finally stop lying to the only man she'd ever love.
Then all of a sudden they all got a series of different flashes. Max and Liz standing in a throne room in some palace. Liz in a white gown standing at an alter with Max and two people who looked like a mix of Max and Isabel. A planet that resembled Earth but couldn't be Earth. There were two moons on this planet.
Max broke the connection then and looked at Liz. She looked back at him with wonder in her eyes.
"Max..where was that? What was that?" Liz asked.
"I don't know." Max said.
"I think I can help explain that," said a new voice.
Everyone turned around and stared at the girl.
"Ava!" Liz exclaimed.
"Liz, how are you?" Ava asked.
"I'm doing well." Liz said walking up to Ava and giving her a hug.
Everyone looked at that two of them.
"What? We bonded while Max was in New York." Liz said.
"It's nice to see you again Ava." Max said.
"Yeah," everyone agreed. "So what's this about being able to explain that. How did you even see that?" Michael asked.
"Well, the connection was so strong that it formed a picture in the center of your circle. I could see everything you all could see and feel everything you all felt." Ava explained.
"OK, so what was that last bit of flashes about?" Tess asked.
"I know our protectors told us that we were all meant to be together. Tess with Max, Isabel with Michael, Rath with Lonnie, and Zen and I, but I always knew something was fishy wit that. I mean Zen was always lookin for somthin else. Like he knew there was someone out there waitin for him you know?" Ava asked.
"Yes, I think I know exactly what you mean." Max said looking at Liz.
"Anyway, I tried some memory retrieval things my protector told me 'bout and I found out that Zen and I never got married. I did love him but he persuaded his parents to let him marry for love. You see we were arranged to be married, but it never happened. He fell in love with a beautiful brunette. I'm guessin that's you Liz." Ava said.
"But how? I'm totally human." Liz asked.
"Well, you and I remained good friends, and you introduced me to your friend, I forget his name but he looked like that guy over there." Ava said pointing to Kyle. "Anyway we really liked each other and ended up getting engaged. Isabel and Michael were too close, like brother and sister and they both married someone else. Who you know as Maria and Alex." Ava continued.
"So that's why that Marcus guy called Liz the Queen. They all knew about that." Diane said.
"I still don't understand how my daughter is a Queen of some distant planet but totally human." Nancy said.
"Our people are exactly like humans. Our genetic makeup, the way we look, the fact that we breathe Oxygen, the only thing different is our energy cells." Ava said. "We even have souls."
"So what happened to us?" Isabel asked.
"Well, the Skins came and destroyed our planet. We all ended up dying. Our people cloned our essences. They had enough to make two sets of us, the original royal four. I guess they figured if our mates didn't make it or if we didn't find them we would just turn to each other and fulfill what was originally planned." Ava continued.
"That still doesn't explain Alex, Kyle, Maria, or Liz." Michael said.
"I'm gettin there, geez hold on a sec. My protector told me this story when I confronted her. I told her about what I remembered and she had no choice but to tell me the truth. Liz, Maria, Alex and Kyle were cloned as well but not put in pods. There wasn't enough time to get four more pods ready. So they just froze them and put them on the ship. When our ship crashed the protectors took us and hid the pods in two sperate cities. Just in case something happened to one set, the other's would be intact. Of if for some chance any of our people died there would be a replacement. Your protector took the mates and the Granolith because it would be easier to hide it in the desert, and stayed here near the crash site. He found for people and inserted the mates genes into them. He knew when we would emerge from the pods so he made sure that the mates wouldn't be born until we would all be the same age." Ava said.
"That's why I knew I could help with the force field." Alex said.
"Yes, and Max woke up Liz's alien side when he healed her. Maria's was woken up when she and Michael fully connected, Kyle's was jump-started when Max healed him but only Tess can finish what Max started, and once you and Isabel form a complete connection you will be just as powerful as everyone else Alex." Ava told him.
"Lonnie and Rath are working with Nicholas so be careful. He knows that you are getting stronger that is why he came to Roswell and why he attacked you." Ava said. "I must go now. I'm in danger here as well. I will be here if you need me. Just call out to me and I will come back."
With that she was gone. Everyone wondered if they were seeing things or if she was really there.
"I can't believe we were royalty on another planet." Maria said.
"I can't believe I'm really an alien." Kyle said.
"Talk about weird." Alex added.
The parents were too stunned to say anything. Their children, whom they had given birth to were actually aliens. The only ones who weren't too stunned were the Evans' because they already knew that their children were aliens.


Part 22:

'I can't believe it, I'm an alien.' Alex thought.
"Max, I think that we should just go home. I mean our parents just had a very big shock and I think they should lie down. We can practice tomorrow." Liz said.
"I have to agree with you there sista. My mom looks like someone just killed her favorite pet. I mean, first she finds out that I had sex, and not with a human, but with an alien. Then she finds out that I'm an alien as well." Maria said.
"Yeah, I mean this is something that we could have expected, I mean we've been dealing with this stuff for over a year, but they just got all of this dumped on them at once." Kyle added.
"Yeah I mean we are old hand at all the Czechoslovakian stuff. I really wasn't expecting to find out that I am one but I'm not really surprised." Alex said.
"I have to agree with all of you. Let's just heard our parents to the cars and meet at my house." Max said.
"Yeah, we'll see you there." Tess stated.
Max, Liz, Isabel and Alex grabbed their parents and headed towards the cars. Max, Liz, and Mr. and Mrs. Evans got into the jeep. Alex, Isabel, Mr. and Mrs. Parker, and Mr. and Mrs. Whitman got into the Whitman's Mini Van. Maria, Michael, and Ms. De Luca got into the Jetta. Which left Kyle, Tess, and Sheriff Valenti in the Mustang.
Max pulled out first followed by Alex, then Maria, and Kyle brought up the rear. They made it to the Evans' house in a matter of minutes. No, one's parents spoke yet and the teens were getting a little bit afraid. 'What if they are in too much shock, or what if they are repulsed by us?' Liz thought.
'Liz, your parents still love you. All of you parents do. You guys were right they just have a lot to digest at the moment. They will all be all right soon. I promise.' Max told her.
He pulled the Jeep into the driveway and he and Liz helped his parents get out. Max walked to the door and unlocked it. He and Liz got his parents inside and sat them down on the couch.
"Thank you sweetie. Go help Izzy and Alex, they should be here any minute." Diane said recovering.
Max and Liz nodded and headed out the door. Just as they walked out the Mini Van pulled into the driveway. Liz ran over to the car and helped Mr. and Mrs. Whitman get out of the car. Isabel and Alex guided them inside and put them on the now vacated couch. Mr. and Mrs. Evans were in the kitchen preparing something to eat.
Max and Liz helped the Parker's out of the car and brought them into the house placing them on the other couch. Maria and Michael were the next to arrive. Michael got out and helped Maria's mom into the house. When Kyle and Tess arrived the sheriff was fully recovered. It didn't take him as long because he knew more about the other's then the rest of the parents did.
Kyle, Tess, and Sheriff Valenti walked into the Evans' living room and looked around. Jim noticed the blank expressions still on the adult's faces and gave a reassuring smile to the kids.
"They just have to get used to all the things they learned today. I mean as I recall Miss De Luca didn't take the news too well when she first found out." Jim said.
"We know, but I mean what if our parents can't look at us the same way now that they know we are not of this earth?" Maria asked.
"Remember what you told Max at the Parker's? Your parents love you. They raised you and whether or not you are human, they will still love you." Jim reassured the teens. "Why don't you guys go hang out upstairs. I'm going to see if Philip and Diane need some help. I'll give you a holler if anything changes."
"All right. We could really use some down time." Max said.
Everyone agreed and they all headed up to the bedrooms. Subconsciously everyone piled into Max's room. He and Liz sat at the head of the bed while Michael and Maria sat at the bottom. Kyle sat at Max's desk and Tess sat on his lap. Isabel and Alex sprawled across the middle of Max's bed.
"So how does everyone feel about the news we received today?" Max asked.
"I think it's great, although I've already been awoken so I knew that I had powers." Liz said.
"Well, it's a surprise, but one that I'm happy about. I always was afraid of whether or not Michael and I were truly compatible, and now I know." Maria said.
"I sort of like the fact that I'm going to have super human powers. I'll be super Alex!" Alex exclaimed.
"Oh no, he's even more dorky as an alien." Maria groaned.
"Hey watch it sister, or I'll use my tickle powers on you." Alex taunted.
"You wouldn't dare Whitman." Maria said confidently.
Alex didn't even reply he just grabbed Maria and started tickling her. She squealed and tried to get away, but Alex held her strong. He only stopped tickling her when she had tears streaming down her face.
"Well, I personally think it's kind of surreal. I mean just a couple of months ago I wasn't even part of this group and now I find out that I'm not only a part of it but I was a part of it in another life. I do like the fact that I was engaged to Tess though." Kyle said.
Max, Isabel and Michael nodded in understanding. It was a lot to take in and almost seemed unbelievable, but they wouldn't change anything about that day for the world. Well, ok maybe the fight with Marcus but that's it.
"Kids! We've got some food ready if you're hungry!" Mrs. Evans called up.
Michael and Alex were the first to jump up. They were starved. Maria and Isabel just looked at their men in awe.
"What? I'm a growing boy with new powers! I've got to maintain my strength." Alex said.
Isabel just rolled her eyes and got up to follow him out. Everyone else got up and headed downstairs as well. They didn't expect to see the sight that greeted them and surprised gasps were heard all around.




Edited by - luvroswell26 on 09/07/2001 20:31:47
posted on 5-Sep-2001 10:45:43 PM
Part 23:

The eight teens didn't expect to see the sight that greeted them when they entered the living room. They expected to see their parents still comatose but they were all up and laughing.
"Mom? Dad?" Liz called.
Nancy and Jeff turned towards their daughter. No matter what they would always love her, alien or human because she was theirs.
"Sweetie. I'm so sorry for before. It was just a really big shock." Nancy said embracing their daughter.
"I'm sorry as well. I'm not happy about some of the things that we found out this afternoon but you being alien isn't one of them." Jeff added looking over at Max.
Max fidgeted despite himself. He was nervous with the way Mr. Parker was looking at him. His biggest fear could still be played out. Liz's parents could keep them apart.
Liz sensed Max's discomfort and looked at her father.
"Don't even think about it dad." Liz said.
"Think about what?" Jeff asked trying to sound innocent.
"Don't even think about not letting Max and I see one another. I will explain this to all of you only once so please listen. We are stronger together then apart. I know that you are all new to our Czechoslovakian status, as we call it, but we've been getting used to this for over a year. Trust me when I say that we learned the hard way that we need to stick together." Liz said.
All the parents just looked at her thinking how did she know what we were thinking. Only Diane and Philip understood right away that they needed to be together.
"Don't worry Liz. We saw how all of you worked together earlier and I for one would never try to keep you apart." Diane said.
"I'm with my wife on this one. I do have to say that I'm not happy about you and my son getting so intimate, but I will not try to keep you apart." Philip said.
"Maria honey, I have to agree with the Evans' because I've seen how happy you have been lately. I know it's all because of Michael. I was every upset to know about your growing relationship but I talked with Jim about it and he assured me that Michael would die trying to protect you and that's enough for me." Amy said.
Maria walked up to her mom and gave her a hug. "Thank you mom," she whispered.
"You're welcome." Amy replied just as quietly.
Michael had a small grin on his face which quickly disappeared when he looked over at Mr. and Mrs. Evans. He knew that from this moment on they would think of him as their son and he also knew that they were just as disappointed with him as they were with Max.
'Damn this sucks,' Michael thought.
'What sucks honey?' Maria answered.
'Having a family that cares about me. Well, it doesn't really suck, but look at Max's parents. They are just as disappointed in me as they are in Max.' Michael told her.
'They will forgive both of you don't worry.' Maria assured him.
The Whitman's and Sheriff Valenti agreed with Diane and Philip as well. The only ones who haven't given their opinion were Jeff and Nancy.
Max held his breath and Liz walked back over to Max. She took his hand in hers and they shared a worried glance. Both were afraid of what her parents were going to say and they needed each other for strength.
"I am going to have to agree with everyone else. I haven't seen you this happy since the beginning of last year Lizzie. I don't want to see you upset anymore. I know Max makes you happy and even though I wish you had waited there is nothing I can do about the fact that you didn't. I'm just asking that you make sure you are careful." Nancy said.
Liz smiled at her mother, but her father still hadn't said anything.
"My first instinct is to rip the two of you apart and forbid you to see one another, but my heart tells me that it could be more disastrous then letting the two of you stay together. I am not happy but I will have to deal. It's just that you're my little girl Lizzie, and it's hard to watch you become a woman. You'll understand if and when you have a daughter of your own." Jeff said.
"Thank you dad. I will always love you, and no matter what I am always going to be your little girl." Liz said walking up to her father.
Liz stopped right in front of her dad and he pulled her into an embrace.
"I'm just glad that you are happy." Jeff said.
"I am happy dad. No one but Max will ever make me happy. He completes me." Liz told her father.
"Treat her right Max or you and I will have it out." Jeff teased.
"I would die before letting any harm come to her sir. I promise you that." Max said seriously.
Everyone was silent not really knowing what to do or say.
"Ok, where's the food. I'm starved." Alex said breaking the tension.
"Alex!" Maria whined. "Do you always think with your stomach?"
"Let me think about this for a second...um...YUP!" Alex said laughing.
"You know Whitman, it's amazing how you stay so thin. I mean you eat non stop all day." Kyle said.
"Yeah I know...I just have a great metabolism. You're just jealous Valenti." Alex countered.
"Jealous of you! Not likely..you're scrawny." Kyle said.
"He's not scrawny!" Isabel defended.
"Yes, he is look at him." Kyle said.
"Watch it bub...I'll give you nightmares tonight." Isabel teased.
"Sorry! Ok, I can take a hint...I'm stopping. The 'Ice Queen' has spoken, and trust me I'm listening." Kyle said.
"Hey that's my girlfriend you're talking about Kyle. Keep this up and I'll just have to figure out what powers I have...hopefully mind powers like Izzy's and I'll give you nightmares." Alex said.
"Geez..I was just kidding." Kyle pouted.
Everyone laughed at this and Kyle pretended to look mad but he couldn't hold it for too long because the whole situation was too funny.
Everyone went into the dining room and started eating. There was sandwiches, salad, pasta, garlic bread, meatballs, and sausage and peppers.
"Mom, how did you make all of this so quickly?" Isabel asked.
"Well, most of it I had made earlier today before the meeting so I just heated it up. The sandwiches and the garlic bread I made while you were all upstairs." Diane answered.
The meal was pretty much quiet with the parents sitting at the table and the kids eating on the floor. Diane, Nancy, Amy, and Mrs. Whitman noticed how they sat in pairs. Max and Liz sat next to one another, Isabel and Alex, Maria and Michael, and Tess and Kyle.
Nancy thought it was amazing how they all became friends since they didn't really seem to have too much in common. But they were a tight knit group and she was also surprised at the strength they all have. To be able to face down so many dangers never knowing what the next day will bring was amazing.
They finished the meal and the kids offered to clean up and give the parents some much needed down time. While in the kitchen doing the dishes the seriousness came back to Max.
"What are we going to do tomorrow?" Max asked.
"What do you mean Maxwell?" Michael asked.
"Well, it's Monday and we will have to go to school. I mean it would look really suspicious if we all called in sick, and our parents are going to have to go to work." Max said.
"Yeah, and who knows what Nicholas is planning." Liz added.
"I guess we will just have to go about our lives like nothing happened and pray that Nicholas puts off whatever he is planning." Isabel said.
"Yeah, I mean I never thought I'd ever say this but we have to act like things are normal." Michael said.
The teens walked out to the living room to update the parents. They told them how things had to appear normal so everyone would have to go about their day as if nothing happened. Max just prayed Nicholas would try and reformulate his plan giving them at least a couple of days to formulate a plan of their own.
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Marcus and Paul were sitting outside the Evans' house. They knew that everyone was in there. 'Well, there goes a part of Nicholas's plan. We can't grab the Parker's tonight because everyone is staying with the King.' Marcus thought.
"Nicholas. Yes, we found them. No. They are all staying with the King. Yes, all of them." Marcus said.
"Damn they are stronger then I thought. Liz's power is greater then I could have imagined. Oh well. I want to grab all the parents after the kids go to school. I will have backup waiting around the corner just in case. If any of the parents leave before the kids radio your backup and they will follow the parent and grab them whenever it's possible. Do I make myself clear?" Nicholas said.
"Yes, I understand." Marcus answered hanging up the phone and turned to Paul. "We've got to hang out here and wait until morning. We have backup around the corner. Nicholas wants up to nab the parents when the kids leave. If any of the parents leave before the kids the backup is to nab them. That's all for now." Marcus told him.
Paul just nodded his head. 'This seems like a good plan, but I still think Nicholas should just grab the Queen, she is the King's undoing. She always was.' Paul thought, but no one listens to him. 'Maybe I should just take matters into my own hands..' he thought.

Part 24:

Diane showed all the parents to their rooms and headed off to her own. She peaked her head into Max's room before going to her bedroom and saw all eight teens sitting around the room. Max and Liz were cuddled together on one side of the bed, Alex and Isabel were on the other. Michael and Maria were sitting against the wall with Maria in-between Michael's legs, and Kyle was sitting on the chair at Max's desk with Tess on his lap.
They looked like any normal teenage group of kids sitting around just hanging out, but Diane knew them better then that, well, at least now she did. She still couldn't believe all the hardships they had to endure over the past year, and how they managed to keep it a secret for so long.
"Good night guys. Don't stay up too late, you've got school tomorrow." Diane said.
"Good night mom. We won't, we promise." Max and Isabel said.
"Good night Mrs. Evans," everyone else called.
"Max, I still think that someone should stay here with the parents tomorrow. I really don't trust Nicholas." Isabel said.
"I have to agree with Isabel. We don't know what Nicholas is concocting and I would feel so much better if someone was with our parents all day." Liz said.
"I know guys I feel the same way, but you know as well as I do that they aren't going to stay here tomorrow. They will all go to work." Max said.
"I have to agree with Max, Lizzie. I mean I've known your parents for a long time and they wouldn't close the Crashdown two days in a row." Maria said.
"I guess you're right but I still don't like the fact that we have to try and act normal with some psycho Skin running around." Liz argued.
"I don't like it either believe me. I would much rather not go to school and practice or protect our parents but we just can't." Max said. 'God being leader sure does suck,' he thought.
'I'm sorry Max. I'm not being a very understanding Queen. Oh my God, I didn't just say that did I. I'm such a dork,' Liz said.
'Yes, you are, but you're my dork,' Max told her.
"All right everyone it's time to go to bed. I guess we should abide by my mother's room plan or else she'll be really pissed, so ladies it's been a wonderful evening but off to Izzy's room you go." Max said.
Liz playfully smacked Max's arm. He was being sarcastic and it just didn't fit him, that was more Alex's style. She pulled Max's head down and gave him a good night kiss that was a little more passionate then either of them expected.
Everyone else was saying good night to their respective half's so no one was paying attention to Max and Liz at the moment.
All of a sudden it was just like the time when they found the Orb, there was some outside pull directing both Max and Liz.
They just couldn't get enough of one another. Max pulled Liz closer to him and deepened the kiss even more. It looked like he was trying to either climb inside of Liz or pull her inside of him.
Michael was the first to notice his friends embrace.
"God, you'd think that they weren't going to see one another in a couple of hours they way they are carrying on." He mumbled.
Everyone turned to look at what Michael was commenting about and they all rolled their eyes. Sometimes these two made them sick.
"Liz babe, come on it's time to go to bed." Maria said walking up to the couple.
The minute she tried to touch Liz a shield popped up around Max and Liz.
"Oh my God! What the Hell just happened!" Tess shrieked.
Tess's outburst drew the attention of the parents and they came barreling in. They were all shocked to see Max and Liz surrounded by the force field while kissing.
"This has never happened before." Isabel said.
"Oh wow! Look, Liz is glowing!" Alex exclaimed.
Max and Liz had no clue what was going on around them, they just needed each other. They needed to be as physically and emotionally close as they could get. Then the flashes began.

*Flash*
Max waiting for Liz at an alter dressed in a pair of white pants, a white vest, and a white robe. Liz was wearing a Satin gown that clung to her bodice and flared out until it reached the floor.

*Flash*
Max and Liz sitting in a room on a circular bed. Liz is holding a small child while Max looks on with a proud smile on his face.

*Flash*
A child about five running up to both Max and Liz. Max bending down and picking the child up. The child giving him a kiss and calling him daddy, then jumping into Liz's arms and giving her a kiss calling her mommy.

*End Flashes*

Max and Liz broke the kiss thus ending the need for the shield. They looked around the room and saw eight stunned parents and seven worried friends.
"Um what's up guys?" Max asked.
"What's up? What do you mean what's up?" Tess yelled.
"Well, if you would explain why you are all freaked out maybe we can explain." Liz said calmly.
"Well, you guys were kissing and when I came to break you apart a shield formed around the two of you. This made Tess shriek and brought all of our parents in here." Maria explained.
"Oh well, they shield formed because Max and I were getting flashes and I guess the powers that be wanted us to see them. I just wish I knew if they were from the past or from the future." Liz explained.
"I think they were from what we once had and from what we will have again." Max said.
"Well, what did you see?" Michael asked.
"Just our wedding, and Liz's and my child." Max said.
"WHAT!" eight concerned parents exclaimed.
"Well, not now! It had to be from our past, when we were married and lived Seria. Oh wow! Seria that was the name of our planet!" Liz exclaimed.
"Oh don't scare us like that Lizzie babe. I mean you guys are definitely too young for kids now." Maria said.
"Yeah, but we were about this age maybe a year or two older in the flashes." Max said.
"Did you see anything else?" Alex asked.
"No just us together. I don't know what the significance of that was though because Max and I know we are supposed to be together now." Liz said.
"I couldn't tell you, but I definitely think we should go to bed now. We freaked out our parents enough." Isabel said. "No more kissing you two I don't want to see any more shields tonight."

Part 25:

After everyone left his room Max looked at his three friends. He could still see worry on their faces.
"Ok spill it. What the hell is eating you guys?" Max demanded.
"Well, for starters Maxwell you had a huge green shield surrounding you and Liz. This doesn't worry you at all?" Michael countered.
"No, Michael it doesn't. You want to know why?" Max asked.
"Yes! I know I am dying to know." Alex said.
"The shield was there to protect us. I mean Maria could have been an enemy. What better time to strike then when our senses are down. If a Skin had come and shot an energy blast the shield would have protected us." Max said evenly.
"Do you think it works with all of us, and why hasn't it happened before?" Kyle asked.
"I don't have an answer to your second question Kyle but as to your first one I am going to have to say yes. If there was ever a moment when your bodies thought that you were in danger I'm sure the shield would produce itself." Max answered.
Meanwhile in Isabel's room the girls were asking Liz the same questions. She pretty much answered them the same way Max did.
"So why did the shield decide to pop up then and never at any other moment when we've dragged the two of you apart?" Maria asked.
"I don't know. It could have been because of the flashes, or the fact that you guys usually interrupt us never actually physically pull us apart." Liz said.
"She's got a point there Maria. We usually just walk into the room, groan, or cough, or gag, and they pull apart." Isabel clarified.
"Ok so subconsciously your bodies felt threatened and the shield popped up. That's pretty cool if you ask me." Maria said.
"Ok so now that we've got this all out of the way can we go to sleep now. I'm really tired," both Max and Liz said at the same time.
"Sure thing buddy." Michael, Alex and Kyle answered.
"No prob Liz." Isabel, Maria and Tess replied.
An hour and a half went by and Max was still awake. He knew that Liz was too because he could sense her. The new closeness that they are sharing was pretty cool but scary at the same time. It was almost like they had no privacy. Max could hear Michael snoring so he figured the rest of the guys were asleep. He decided that he needed a midnight snack and headed downstairs.
Liz could hear the even breathing of her friends and figured that now was a good time to leave the room. No one would notice she was missing. She needed some water and she knew that Max was down in the kitchen. She really needed his arms around her more then the water but it was a good excuse if anyone was up.
Liz walked into the kitchen and saw Max looking into the fridge.
"Hi. How come you are up?" Max asked.
"Hi yourself. You know full well that I've been up just as long as you have so don't give me that crap mister." Liz said.
Max peaked his head out of the fridge and smiled. 'Liz looks so cute when she's mad,' he thought.
'I heard that,' she replied smiling.
Max walked up to her forgetting about his hunger because he was now hungry for Liz. He stopped inches away from her and just let his senses take over. He could smell her strawberry shampoo and just her. It was really hard to explain but she just had a scent that was all her own, no one else could come close to having it.
Liz felt like she was being tortured. He was so close and yet he did nothing. She had an ache inside that only he could ease and he was messing with her. She couldn't take it anymore, so she threw her arms around his neck and pulled him to her. Her lips sought his out and she kissed him with all the passion she had bottled up inside.
His senses were reeling, he could taste her and smell her at the same time. It was like a sense overload. He couldn't get enough of her.
Max wanted to go gently and take it slow but he was having a hard time regaining control.
'I want you to lose control Max Evans. For once in your live abandon everything and just feel,' Liz sent to him.
'I can't. What if I hurt you,' Max countered.
'You could never hurt me and you know it,' Liz said sending him a picture of her tied to a bed and him licking her up and down.
That picture did Max in. There was no way he was going to regain control. He needed to take Liz here and now, but deep in the far reaches of his mind he knew that it would be dangerous to love her in the house. So while still kissing her he backed up towards the back door.
Liz sensed what he was doing and why and smiled against his lips. She broke off the kiss so that they could breath and make it outside without breaking anything. Max took her hand and lead them into the back. He remembered his old treehouse from when he was a child and brought Liz up there.
Once they were safe inside the treehouse Max grabbed Liz and kissed her again. He gently laid her on the floor and started to undress her. He untied the string on her pants and slowly pulled them down. Liz reached for his shorts but he evaded her hands. Next he took off her tank top.
'I will never get enough of just looking at you. You are breath taking.' Max told her.
'Thank you.' Liz replied blushing slightly.
Liz took off Max's shirt before he could back away again. Then she leaned up and kissed him loving the feel of skin on skin. Max took off Liz's panties while they were kissing and began stroking her womb with his fingers.
Liz let out a gasp which turned into a moan when Max's fingers came into contact with her core. She will never get enough of the feelings Max stirs up within her with just a simple touch.
Max could feel Liz reaching for his boxers again and this time he let her take them off. He let out a small groan when her hand enclosed his erection. The feel of her hands on him like that almost drove him over the edge.
Max started trailing kisses down her throat and made his way to her breasts. He suckled on nipple into his mouth making love to it like he was a starving man. After he got his fill of one he moved to the other. By now Liz's breasts were super sensitive and the moment Max's lips and tongue came in contact with her other nipple she moaned quite loudly.
Max stopped for a brief second and turned towards the house. Everything looked quiet over there so he wasn't worried. 'Thank God my father built this thing pretty far from the house. You keep moaning like that and we'll get caught.' Max teased.
'This is no time to tease me Max. I can't help it, you evoke such sensations within me,' Liz told him.
Max went back to loving her breasts and started moving lower. Liz knew that he wanted to taste her but she needed him inside of her and fast.
"Max please. I need you inside me," she begged.
Max not being able to deny her anything made his way back to her lips. He plunged inside of her just as his mouth closed over hers. They both let out a sigh of contentment knowing that they were home.
Liz began to move her hips letting Max know how much she needed him. He still couldn't believe this wonderful creature loved him, and not only in this life but in another one as well. It almost seemed too good to be true.
Max began to move within Liz slowly. So slowly that Liz thought she was going to go insane, but no matter what she did or what message she sent to him, Max wouldn't speed up. He wanted this moment to last because God only knew when they would be able to be alone again.
Liz could feel herself getting close to exploding and Max could sense it so he reached between the two of them and found her nub. He began to flick at it and that was all Liz needed. She racked her nails down his back and bit her lip to try and keep from crying out. Max could feel her walls tighten around him and it almost caused him to spill his seed but he fought for control and eventually regained it. Liz started to calm down and relax slightly after her orgasm when Max sped up his pace.
He started pumping into her faster and deeper. Neither of them thought that a person could reach that deeply into a person, it almost felt like he was reaching her soul. They reached orgasm at the same moment. The minute Liz's walls started to tighten again Max lost all control. He couldn't hold back any longer and ejaculated inside of his love.
"Oh God MAX!" Liz cried out.
"LIZ, my Liz." Max called.

*Flash*

A war with many dead bodies all around. Max and Liz holding hand looking a Nicholas standing against a wall with a smug smile on his face. "This is far from over your Highnesses."

*Flash*
Michael, Maria, Isabel, Alex, Tess, and Kyle lying on the ground. A small child clinging onto a beautiful woman's hand. The woman looked like an older version of Isabel. She appeared to be trying to protect the child but the force of the attack was too great.

*Flash*

A man in his twenties walking into the throne room. He resembled Max but his features were more hard and he looked evil. "Well, well, well, what have we here? My cousin thinks he's a king! Ha! You couldn't protect your people, your closest friends, or even your child. You aren't fit to rule!"
"Shut up Kavar! I am the King and a good one. You're just twisted. I should have figured that you were behind everything. You were always jealous of me." Max said.
"Well, little cousin, the last thing you will see is me taking your beloved wife. I am going to rule with her by my side." Kavar said.
"I would rather die then be with the likes of you!" Liz spat out.
'Max darling please, kill me, I couldn't bear it if I had to be with him.' Liz pleaded.
'Liz, I couldn't kill you.' Max said.
'Max, you have two choices, either kill me or allow that mad man to have me,' Liz told him.
"I love you." Max told her giving her their final kiss.
"I love you too." Liz said.
Max raised his hand and sent a blast hurtling towards his wife. Tears were running down his face as he watched her get thrown back. She landed inches away from their child.
Kavar couldn't believe what Max just did. He just killed his own wife, whom Kavar had been in love with as well since the day he met her. He was so enraged that he sent a blast towards Max. Normally Max would have tried to protect himself but he wanted to die, everyone he loved was gone and he wanted to join them.

*End Flashes*

"Oh my God!" they both exclaimed.
"Max, Kavar is your cousin. This just keeps getting weirder and weirder." Liz said.
"Tell me about it. Come on we've got to tell the others." Max said.
"What do you think they will say?" Liz asked.
"Well, Alex will get some ribbing in saying that we can't stay away from one another for more then like five minutes, but I have no idea how anyone will react to what we just saw." Max told her.
They got dressed as quickly as possible and ran back into the house. They were happy to see that no one was up yet and both went off into their respective rooms. Liz woke up all the girls and they headed to Max's room. By the time they got there three angry boys awaited them.
"What the hell is wrong with you Max! It's 2:00 in the morning for crying out loud." Michael ground out.
"Well, someone is so not a morning person." Maria said.
'Watch it De Luca, I just hate being woken up from a sound sleep,' Michael told her.
"Well, there has been a new development. Liz and I had more flashes." Max told them.




Edited by - luvroswell26 on 09/07/2001 20:35:30
posted on 6-Sep-2001 8:24:18 PM

Part 26:

"OK what the hell are you talking about? We know you guys had flashes we were all standing here remember?" Michael ground out.
"Michael I think Max means that they had another series of flashes, besides the ones that we saw." Isabel said.
"Oh right. Sorry, I'm still tired and my groggy brain won't function." Michael said.
"Can we get back to what's important here people?" Alex asked.
"Yeah, tell us about these flashes." Maria said.
Max looked over at Liz and she met his gaze. Neither of them knew exactly where to begin there was so much to tell.
'I guess I'll start Max and you just jump in and finish or add things if I leave them out,' Liz told him.
'Are you sure? I mean I can start.' Max said.
'No, I'll do it,' she replied.
"OK well you see I went to the kitchen for a glass of water and Max was in there getting something to eat. I couldn't sleep after everything that happened today, and I guess Max couldn't either. Besides that whole shield thing freaked me out a bit." Liz started.
"Lizzie, babe, your rambling." Maria stated.
"Huh? Oh right sorry." Liz said laughing a bit. "So anyway we started kissing and one thing lead to another. I'm so not going into detail. Anyway we went outside to the tree house and...well you know." Liz stammered.
"Yeah we get the picture Liz, thanks." Alex said.
"Well, just when we were done we got the flashes. They were of all of us on Seria." Max explained.
"You're holding something back Maxwell, I know you." Michael said.
"Give him a second Michael geez, I mean it was obviously something bad and he's trying to brake it to us easily." Maria said.
"Thanks Maria." Max said.
"Well, the first flash we got was of the War. Nicholas was standing against a wall and there were bodies all around us. Only Max and I were there. Nicholas told us that this, whatever this is supposed to be, the war I guess, was far from over." Liz said. "The second flash was more painful. All of you were dead. Michael and Maria were lying next to one another as were Alex and Isabel, and Kyle and Tess. Our daughter was clinging onto her grandmother's hand. You mother looked very much like you Isabel, anyway they were both dead. Your mother tried to protect our daughter with her body but it was no use." Liz continued starting to cry.
"Oh my God! That is horrible." Maria said.
"Liz I'm so sorry." Isabel added.
Max pulled Liz close to him and kissed the top of her head.
"It only got worse from there. The next flash showed Liz and I in the throne room and Kavar walked through the door. He started taunting me about my being a weak king. He is our cousin Isabel. He always wanted to rule and it was because of him that all of our loved ones died. Anyway he loved Liz I guess because he told me the last thing I was going to see was him taking Liz. He said she was going to rule by his side. Liz begged me to end her life because she couldn't bear to live with him. I had no choice, so I sent an energy blast towards her and I killed the love of my life. Within seconds Kavar sent a blast towards me and I just let it take me. I couldn't live without Liz." Max said.
"Holy Crap! Kavar is related to you two!" Alex exclaimed.
"I can't believe you killed Liz!" Kyle yelled.
"I asked him to Kyle. I could feel everything that I had felt in that life and living with Kavar would have been a fate worse then death. Besides we have found each other again and nothing is going to get in the way of that this time." Liz said.
"I know he didn't really have a choice but I mean come on Liz...I don't think I would have been able to kill you." Kyle explained.
"Believe me Kyle I didn't want to do it, but the thought of another man touching her was inexecutable. I will have to live out the rest of my life knowing that I killed her once and trust me it's going to haunt me forever." Max told him.
They all looked around from one to the other no one knowing what to say. The silence was almost worse then the flashes for Max and Liz.
"God Lizzie, I'm so sorry that you had to see that." Maria said sympathetically.
"Thank you Maria." Liz said.
"Michael, Tess, Isabel, you guys have been really quiet. Is there anything you have to say?" Max asked.
"I can't believe a relative of ours is behind all of this, it's demented." Isabel said.
"Yeah talk about a dysfunctional family." Alex added.
"I have to agree with Maria on this one. I'm sorry that you guys had to see all of that, but not only see it fell all the emotions that went with it." Tess said.
"Thank you Tess." Liz and Max both said.
Michael just sat there not really knowing what to say. He walked up to Max and Liz and embraced Liz. "I'm so sorry." He whispered.
"It's ok Michael that was the past," she told him.
He walked up to Max and pulled him into a hug too. "I can't believe you had to live that twice. I mean going through it once had to have been bad enough. You are a strong man and a worthy King. I'm sorry I've been an ass about that." Michael said.
Max smiled at him, "Well you are just an ass, so I'm used to that. But seriously thank you. It was hard but we are all here now and I will not let anything happen to any of you again."
"So what did your daughter look like?" Maria asked.
Liz beamed, "Oh she was beautiful. She looked a lot like Max." Liz said.
"No, she looked exactly like her mother." Max argued. "And that child was definitely lucky because she didn't get my ears."
Everyone laughed about that. They all settled down in Max's room and one by one they drifted off to sleep. Maria in Michael's arms, Isabel in Alex's, Tess in Kyle's, and Max and Liz were cuddled on the bed. They didn't care what their parents had to say at the moment they just all needed to be close.
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"I think something is happening sir." Paul said.
"What?" Marcus asked rubbing his eyes. 'Damn I fell asleep.'
"Well, look, there is a light on at this hour. I wonder if the Royals are planning a form of attack." Paul stated.
"Damn." Marcus muttered pulling out his phone.
"What!" Nicholas barked. "Do you have any idea what time it is?"
"Yes, sir and I'm sorry, but there is yet another development." Marcus explained.
"What the Hell happened now?" Nicholas asked.
"I'm not sure but it's 2 in the morning and the King's room is all lit up. We think they might be planning an attack." Marcus said.
"Wait until the lights go out and then sneak in. I want only the parents, we'll let the Royals fret for a couple of days and then we will have them. Give yourselves about an hour before going in, I want to make sure the royals are asleep. The Queen is getting stronger and if she's awake she should be able to sense you." Nicholas said.
"Right sir, we'll get on it right away. I understand. We'll be careful." Marcus said hanging up the phone.
"We shall soon meet again your highness! For the last time." Nicholas out loud with a sinister laugh.

Part 27:

Diane Evans needed to use the bathroom and decided to check on the kids before going back to bed. She passed Isabel's room first and opened the door to peak in. She panicked when she didn't see anyone in the room. She didn't realize that she yelled until all the other parents joined her at Isabel's door.
"Where can they be? Do you think the Skins came and got them?" Nancy asked.
"I'm not sure. I didn't mean to wake everyone up, I'm sorry. I just panicked when I didn't see anyone in here. Let me just go and check Max's room and see if the boys are in there. The girls could have just all gotten up to eat." Diane said.
"Well, we'll all go with you, I want to make sure my Alex is all right." Sharon said.
The parents made their way down to Max's room. Diane opened the door slowly afraid of finding the boys missing too. She let out a sigh of relief when she saw not only the boys but the girls too. Her relief was short lived though.
"Why are the girls in this room?" Philip asked.
"I don't know honey, but I'm sure there is an explanation for it." Diane said.
"Well, I say we wake them up and have them explain." Jeff demanded.
"NO! MAX!" Liz screamed jolting to a sitting position.
"Liz what's wrong?" Max asked concerned not even noticing the parents at his door.
Isabel and Maria were at the bed in an instant. Michael and Alex seconds behind them with Tess and Kyle following.
"Max, it was horrible." Liz said sobbing into his chest.
"Shush, sweetie, it'll be all right. What happened?" Max comforted her. He was stroking her back trying to calm her down.
"I saw it all again Max. Our daughter playing with Isabel, Alex, Maria, Tess, and Kyle. Your mother was watching them all interact. We were trying to have a peace talk with Nicholas. Michael was just sent out of the room to get Alex and Kyle. We needed some more help and both Kyle and Alex were good at coming up with conditions and whatever else we needed. My dream wasn't really into detail about that. Anyway as soon as Michael got into the throne room Marcus blasted his way through the door with his cronies. They sent blasts out every which way. You mother tried to get to Kayla, but she was seconds too late. Kayla got hit first and then your mother. I think that they were trying to get Kayla, Maria, Alex, Michael, Isabel, Tess, and Kyle all got hit at the same time." Liz continued beginning to calm down.
Max continued to rub her back just giving her time to sort through all her thoughts. "Just take your time baby, we aren't going anywhere," he told her.
"Thank you. Anyway, we heard the commotion coming from the throne room we ran to find out what was going on. At that moment we only cared about our daughter. We made it to the throne room too late when we got there everyone was dead. Just like in the flashes before. Then Kavar walked in. He was laughing saying you were all weak. He kept leering at me so you pulled me behind you to shield me from him. That's when he taunted you about being a weak king and how he was going to make me his queen. You all know the rest, I made Max kill me and then Kavar killed him. Yet for some reason I could still see what happened after we were killed, in my dream anyway. You landed next to me and your hand rested on my abdomen. It started glowing, Max I think I was pregnant when I died." Liz said.
"OH MY GOD LIZZIE!" Maria exclaimed pulling Liz into a hug. "That was so horrible. I just wish you would stop having to see all these horrible things babe, it's not fair."
"I'm with Maria on that one. This totally sucks." Alex added giving Liz a hug next.
"Thank you guys so much. I'm just happy I was here next to Max and not in Isabel's room, I needed his comfort badly after that nightmare." Liz said.
"So how can we stop these things?" Kyle asked. "I mean it's not fair that you and Liz have to keep seeing our deaths. It is bad enough have to see them, but to feel all the emotions too, that's rough," he added.
"How come none of us are getting these flashes?" Tess asked.
"I wish I had an answer for that Tess, I really do. Kyle thanks for the sympathy man, but I don't think that there is a way to shut these damn things off. I definitely agree with you Alex, these flashes do suck especially when I will have to keep seeing myself killing Liz. That's just too much to have to live through once, but to have to keep reliving it, I can't do that." Max said.
"Max, I know it's not really comforting, but I basically made you do it. I'm sorry that I had to put you in that position, but there was no way I was going to become your cousin's wife! That would have been the worst thing to ever happen to me." Liz reassured him.
He didn't say anything he just pulled her closer and gave her a kiss. Of course the kiss got a little more passionate then they intended.
"Ahem..." Michael cleared his throat noticing the parents at the door.
Maria looked up and saw them as well. "Shit, oh sorry, um, Max, Liz, guys." She said.
Max and Liz broke apart and gave their friends questioning looks. Michael pointed to the door. Max and Liz turned around and saw all eight parents standing in the doorway.
'Shit, I wonder how long they have been standing there,' Max thought.
"Um, hi. How long have you guys been there?" Max asked.
"Since before Liz woke up screaming." Diane said.
'Damn,' he said to himself.
'I guess that means that they know we all slept together huh?' Liz questioned.
'Yup, that is definitely a safe bet,' he answered.
"Um, we can explain." Liz started.
"No, there is no need for an explanation. We know you kids had a really rough day and needed each other's comfort." Sharon said.
"Yes, and in some small way I am glad that Max was here to comfort you after having a dream like that." Nancy said.
"Did I hear correctly before when you all said that Max killed Liz in your other life?" Jeff asked angrily.
"Yes, daddy you heard correctly. Kavar, Max's cousin, overtook our palace killing everyone including our daughter. Kavar wanted to make me his wife and I begged Max to take my life because there was no way I was going to let Kavar touch me." Liz said.
"Well, why didn't Max just kill Kavar?" Philip asked.
"Kavar's army was in the throne room, and if Kavar was able to get his shield activated in time his men would have killed Max and then I would have been Kavar's. My mind had worked that out, he really had no choice. I made him realize that." Liz explained.
"It was the hardest thing I ever had to do. It didn't matter when Kavar killed me because I was already dead. The minute I took Liz's life, I ended my own." Max explained.
"You kids need to get some sleep. Hopefully a dreamless one. We will be downstairs having coffee if you need anything. We can discuss this more in the morning. I am going to allow you all to sleep in here tonight, but I don't want this to happen again." Diane said.
"Thank you," they all exclaimed together.
"Oh mom, can you all call us out sick from school, and call yourselves in sick at work, I don't want anyone separated tomorrow, I have a really bad feeling and I would feel so much better if we were all together." Max said.
"If you think that it is the wisest choice then yes we will." Diane said.
"Thank you." Max replied.
"Good night," the parents said.
"Good night," their children replied.
The parents went downstairs and began making coffee and breakfast. All of them knew that they wouldn't be going back to sleep that night.
As soon as the parents left everyone settled back down to go to sleep. They were all asleep within 10 minutes because they were all emotionally drained. Because of their emotional state and how tired they were they didn't feel anyone moving closer to the house.

Part 28:

Nancy Parker got up to get another cup of coffee when she saw the back doorknob turning. She stood frozen to her spot for a few seconds not knowing what to do.
"Oh No! I think they are here!" Nancy shouted.
"What do you mean they are here? Who's here?" Jeff asked.
"Whoever is after our babies. The doorknob is turning. We've got to warn the kids." Nancy said.
Just as everyone got up to go back upstairs the door opened.
"I wouldn't move if I were you. Nicholas said that he wanted you alive, that doesn't mean you can't be injured. Just give me a reason." Marcus told them.
"What do you want?" Philip asked.
"Why we want you." Marcus said.
"Well, obviously but why?" Valenti asked.
"For bait. Your children will do anything for you and Nicholas is going to use that to his advantage. If Max gives over the Granolith then you can go free." Marcus told them. "No lets go we don't have much time, even in sleep the precious Queen will know we are here. We are too close not to feel our presence. Nicholas was right she is very strong."
"Oh God, please let our children know to sacrifice us. There are too many other lives at stake." Diane prayed.
The parents followed Nicholas's cronies out the door since they really had no other choice. They all prayed for their children. They were only teenagers for God's sake, they shouldn't have to be making these kinds of decisions.
Marcus pulled out his cell phone, "We've got them sir and we are on our way back," he said.
"Good, now things are right back where I want them. We'll discuss the next part of the plan when you return. Good job." Nicholas said.
'Kavar will be very happy to know that the Queen is almost in our possession,' he thought.
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"NO!" Liz screamed for the second time that night.
Groaning everyone got up.
"Liz, what's the matter?" Max asked very concerned because he could feel her emotions.
"Something's wrong. I don't know what, but I can feel it. I need to go check on my parents, on all of our parents." Liz babbled.
"Liz babe, calm down all right. We'll all go downstairs and find out what's going on." Maria told her.
Liz took a deep breath and grabbed onto Max's hand. He got out of bed leading Liz and the others down the stairs. He walked into the kitchen and noticed everything was still on the table and hot.
'This cannot be good,' he thought.
'Oh God Max, why is this happening?' she asked.
Max felt a pang of guilt, 'It's happening because of who I am,' he said.
'No, Max, because of who we are, I am one of you too.' Liz said.
Isabel walked over to the door, "Maybe they are just outside getting some air," she said not really believing it herself.
The moment she touched the doorknob she got a flash.

*Flash*
Marcus opening the door, telling everyone not to move or they would be hurt. Saying they could go free if Max gave up the Granolith. The Skins leading their parents out the door.
*End Flash*

"Oh GOD! He has them Max, Nicholas has them!" Isabel yelled.
"Damn it, I swear I'm going to kill that little bastard." Michael ground out.
"What are we going to do now Max?" Tess asked.
"I don't know Tess. First we've got to figure out where they are, then we've got to formulate a plan to rescue them." Max said.
"They want the Granolith Max. Marcus said that our parents would go free if you gave them the Granolith." Isabel said.
"I can't do that Izzy, and you know that. I cannot hand that kind of power over, we will find a way to get mom and dad, and everyone else's parents while maintaining control of the Granolith." Max told her.
"I know we can't give it over Max, but that's our family they have, I can't sacrifice them." Isabel said crying.
Max pulled his sister into his arms and let her cry on his shoulder. "I know Iz, I can't sacrifice them either that is why we are going to get them out." Max reassured her.
"Alex log on to the computer and continue the search for a possible base camp. Michael, you, Kyle and I are going to formulate a plan Alex will join us after he finishes his search, and Izzy, you and Tess are going to work with Liz and Maria on their powers. We've got to strengthen Liz's and begin on Maria's. Later we will help Kyle and Alex." Max said going into leader mode.
He walked up to Liz and gave her a kiss. 'I will see you later,' he told her. 'I love you,' she replied. 'I love you too,' he said.
Isabel embraced Alex and gave him a kiss saying she would be up later to help him out. Michael and Maria just looked at one another not sure what to do. Michael broke their awkward moment and kissed her.
"I love you, I'll see you later," he told her.
"I love you too space boy." Maria said.
Kyle and Tess hugged and Tess gave him a small kiss. Their relationship was still kind of new so they weren't pushing their luck. Kyle knew he was in love with Tess, and that he probably always was, but Tess believed that Max was her destiny for so long he didn't really know what she felt about him.
"I love you Kyle. I think I always have," she whispered.
His face lit up like a Christmas tree, "I love you too Tess, and I know I always have," he whispered back.
The teens went their sperate ways to work on the tasks that Max set up for them. He, Michael and Kyle went into the study to start making plans. They needed to form a base plan that could be adapted to where ever it was the Skins were hiding. Once Alex found the building they would put in the specifics of how to get in and out without being detected.
"Holy Crap! Hey guys I think I've found it!" Alex called an hour later.
Eight pairs of feet went running into Max's room. Alex showed them that there were only three abandoned buildings in the surrounding area, and the old Soap Factory was the closest to Roswell.
"I bet you any amount of money that's where they are. It's right on the edge of town, far enough away but not too far." Alex said.
"Good work Alex. Do you think you could find the blueprints to this place so we can find a way in?" Max asked.
"Yeah, give me like twenty minutes and I'm sure I can pull them up," he replied.
"Great, let us know when you've found them," Michael said patting him on the back. "I knew a computer whiz would come in handy one of these days," he joked.
"It's a good thing I can hack into anything. I'm going to have to hack into City Hall's computer for the outlay of the joint. Even then it could be impossible, we might have to go down there and get them." Alex said.
"Well, if that's the case then I will definitely have to go because so far I'm the only one who can mindwarp. Although if my theory is correct Kyle will probably be able to as well." Tess said.
"What do you mean by if you're theory is correct?" Kyle asked.
"Well, it seems that Maria can send out pretty strong energy blasts, once she figured out how to harness the energy, and I think Liz will be able to heal, but I didn't want to cut myself in case I was wrong. I want Max to be there just in case. Not that I don't think Liz can do it, but if I'm wrong I want someone there who can heal me. Which would mean I guess Alex will be able to dreamwalk." Tess concluded.
"Well, then lets test your theory shall we?" Michael asked.


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posted on 6-Sep-2001 9:29:15 PM
Part 29:

The eight teens walked down stairs to hear out Tess's theory. None of them knew what to expect really, but since Maria, Liz and Isabel were there earlier they had more of a clue then anyone else.
"Ok, here's the deal. We tried a lot of different things with Maria, much the same way that we did with Liz, and the one thing she was really strong at was energy blasts. She can produce a shield and she would probably be able to dreamwalk if Isabel was with her just like Liz could as long as she was there. But the only thing she could do strongly by herself was sending out an energy blast, like I said before. Now, I don't know if it is because she is Michael's, how should I put this, um, other half or if that was just her power on our planet." Tess began.
"So since Maria can send out energy blasts you think that the rest of us will be able to counter our partner's power as well, right?" Alex asked. "That makes sense."
"Yeah that's what I'm saying." Tess said.
"Ok so how can we test the rest of this theory?" Max asked.
"Well, I think we should go outside and let Maria show off her power and see how it matches up to Michael's. Then I will cut myself and see if Liz can heal it. I think you should explain the details to her before hand though, like what she has to do to form the connection, and we'll see if that works. If not then you will be there to heal me and we will know that the theory is wrong." Isabel said.
"Well, we won't really know that for sure because Liz gets visions and Max doesn't so she could just have that power because she's I don't know just because. I mean maybe you can only have like one power and since hers is that that's it. I mean you, Michael, Max, and Tess can all do a little bit of each other's skills, I'm sure we all can too, but we need the guidance from the expert, just like you guys do if the power's not yours so...oh I don't know forget it." Kyle rambled.
"No, you have a point Kyle that's why I'm going to explain to you how to mind warp and we will see if it works." Tess said. "If you can do it then we'll get Alex to try and dreamwalk someone, maybe one of his parents, and if he can do it then my theory is correct."
"Ok then let's go." Michael said heading out the back door.
Isabel grabbed a knife on the way out so she could use it later to cut her arm for Liz to heal. Michael went first in the demonstration. He sent a blast to the tree and knocked off a branch. Maria went next and also knocked off a branch with very good accuracy.
"Well, that's test number one, and the score is Theory up one." Alex said.
The other's just looked at Alex and shook their heads. He always knew how to lighten up the mood. Alex just smiled at them all, he knew that they loved his sense of humor, so he didn't let their looks bother him.
Max walked up to Liz to explain the healing process to her.
"Ok all you have to do is clear your mind and then picture the wound in your head. See the injury healing itself in your mind, see the molecules fusing together and they will." Max told her.
"Ok, I think I can do this." Liz said giving Max a quick kiss. "I'm ready when you are Isabel," she said turning around.
Isabel picked up the knife and made an incision on her arm. She didn't go too deep because she didn't want to really hurt herself, but she went deep enough for Liz to really have to concentrate on healing her.
Liz placed her hand over Izzy's wound and cleared her mind. She then pictured the wound like Max told her and began picturing the skin cells, and nerve cells, fusing back together. Her hand began to glow and warm up, after a couple of minutes the picture in her head was fully healed so she took her hand away and Isabel's wound was gone.
"Looks like round two goes to the Theory too," Alex said.
"So far so good." Tess said.
While Liz was healing Isabel's arm Tess was explaining to Kyle how to mindwarp.
"Ok, I think I've got it, let's see if it works." Kyle said deciding he was going to give Max a heart attack just for the hell of it.
Kyle began to concentrate on the image that he wanted everyone to see. All of a sudden everyone saw Alex walking up to Liz. No one knew what was going on, when all of a sudden Alex grabbed Liz and kissed her. Max let out a growl and was about to lunge for the image of Alex when Kyle let the warp go. He was laughing hysterically, he just couldn't help himself.
"Ha ha ha, really funny Kyle. I wanted to kill Alex for kissing Liz, but I guess I'll settle for killing you." Max said in a deadly serious tone.
"Hey man it was just a joke. I picked Alex because I figured you'd realize that he would never do something like that, he loves Izzy, and besides he and Liz are like brother and sister." Kyle said backing away.
"I know, God, you shouldn't take things so seriously. But I'm very protective of Liz and no one gets to kiss her but me," he said.
"Protective? Honey, that's possessive in my book." Maria said.
"Ok, before WWIII breaks out, round three goes to the Theory, so I guess that leaves me." Alex said.
"Yes, it does. Do you remember what I told you about dreamwalking, when you asked me that one time?" Isabel asked him.
"Yeah, and I've got a picture of my mom right here so I'm just going to lay down over here on the grass and see what I can do. I just hope she's sleeping." Alex said.
He walked over to a nice grassy spot on the lawn and got comfortable. He then cleared his mind and touched the picture. Instantly he was in his mother's dream.
She was dreaming of the time when Alex was five and he brought home the stray kitten he had found outside of the park. He had said that it wasn't right for such a little thing to be without a mommy, and asked her if she would be it's new mommy so he could have a little brother or sister.
Alex let his mother see him so he could talk to her.
"Mom?" Alex called.
His mother jerked her head up frightened. Once she saw Alex she relaxed a bit. "Alex? Baby is it really you?"
"Well, sort of. We are trying to figure out our powers. Mine is the same as Isabel's, I can dreamwalk so that's what I'm doing. Are you all right? How is everyone else?" He told her.
"We are all fine for now. They want Max, and something called the Granolith." Sharon said.
"Yeah we know, Isabel got a flash when she touched the doorknob. Do you have any idea where you are?" he asked.
"No not really, but I think we are on the edge of town," she told him.
"Yes! I was right. It has to be the old soap factory, it's the only building that's close yet far enough away. Ok, I'm going to go so I can tell the others. We will get you out of there as soon as we can," he assured her.
"Oh Alex, don't worry about us. You eight are what's important, if you have to sacrifice us then do it," she said.
"No, mom, we can't do that. You all raised us and loved us, and we love you. There is no way we are going to let these a-holes do anything to our families." Alex told her. "Tell the others that we love them all. I will see you soon," he said stepping out of the dream.
"Well, they are fine, and I was right, they are at the old soap factory. She didn't really know for sure but she said they were on the outskirts of town so I put two and two together. Anyway, I told her to tell everyone we love them and that we will see them soon." Alex said.
"Well, I guess the Theory is undefeated." Isabel said in Alex's place.
Alex just looked at her and smiled. 'Wow, I'm rubbing off on her, Cool,' he thought.
"Oh God, he's rubbing off on you." Maria said.
"So what do we do now Max?" Liz asked.
"I don't know. I guess we should all try and get a couple more hours of sleep and then try and figure out a game plan tomorrow. Hopefully we will have one by tomorrow night, and by the day after we will get our parents back. I don't want them in the hands of Nicholas for too long, God only knows what he will do to them." Max said.
Everyone agreed and they all went back inside to get some sleep. Max and Liz went into Max's room. Isabel and Alex headed into her room. Michael and Maria took one of the spare rooms, and Tess and Kyle took the other.
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"What do you want to do with the parents?" Marcus asked.
"We'll let them rest for now, but tomorrow the questions begin. If they don't corporate then we'll just have to make them." Nicholas said laughing evilly.
"How long before you think King Max will come for them?" Paul asked.
"Oh either tomorrow or the day after knowing him. He won't want anything to happen to his precious family, he always was soft. I will get him this time, and the Queen will go back to Seria to rule." Nicholas said.


Part 30:

Max and Liz sat up for a while just needing to be in one another's arms.
'Max, I'm really scared. What if Nicholas hurts our parents. He has no feelings except for hatred, and he will stop at nothing to get you,' Liz said.
'I know, I know. I'm just as scared as the rest of you, but I can't show it. I've got to be the strong and fearless leader,' he said.
'Max, love, it's just the two of us now. You don't have to be strong when you are alone with me. I love you for not only your strength but for you weakness as well. It's what makes you human, it's what makes us all human, or fears and what not. So please don't be afraid to show me how scared you are,' she told him.
He didn't respond with words, he leaned down and kissed her. Their connection opened up immediately and she saw everything he was afraid of.

*Flash*
Nicholas sending energy blasts out killing all of their parents before they could reach them. Nicholas laughing and telling Max how he still is a bad King. Nicholas grabbing Liz and sending an energy blast out to kill him. Him putting up a shield blocking the blast, and Liz crying. Liz yelling for Max to help her, but he couldn't. A ship landing in the background and Nicholas pulling Liz with him to board it. Max trying one last time to reach her with Nicholas sending more blasts out. One hitting him and him falling. The last thing he sees is the door closing with Liz in the ship.
*End Flash*

"That's what I'm afraid of. I can't lose you Liz, it would be the death of me." Max told her.
"You won't lose me Max. I will not allow it. I would have sent a blast into Nicholas if he attempted to grab me." Liz reassured him. 'Is there anything else you are afraid of?' she asked him.
'Yes, I'm afraid that everything is going to end the same way it did back on Seria. I'm afraid that I will be forced to kill you again. I don't think I could do it this time Liz,' he said.
'Well, then we will just have to make sure we kick Nicholas's ass and that nothing separates us again,' she said forcefully.
The two of them laid down and let sleep overtake them. Max's hand rested across Liz's abdomen and a small glowing could be seen coming from her.

Down the hall Michael and Maria were just sitting up as well.
"What are you thinking Michael?" Maria asked him.
"I'm thinking about how we can possibly get our parents out of there without getting anyone killed." Michael said.
"By anyone, you mean us right?" she asked.
"Yeah, I don't care if any of the skins get killed, I'm actually hoping we kill Nicholas," he said. "But, I have a feeling he's not going to be too close while the fighting is going on. He seems like that type of rat. You know the one who has other people do his dirty work for him."
"Yeah, I know what you mean. I hope my mom's all right." Maria said absentmindedly.
"I'm sure she is. Our parents are all Nicholas has to bargain with and he wouldn't hurt them, not yet anyway. He has to know we wouldn't even consider giving up the Granolith if our parents are hurt." Michael told her.
"Do you ever wish that you didn't let go of Isabel's hand when you were younger?" she asked.
"Sometimes, but growing up the way I did has made me the strong person I am today. If I hadn't grown up with Hank, then I wouldn't be the person I am today," he said.
"No, you'd probably be more like Max. Don't get me wrong I like Max, but he's just not you. I wouldn't change anything about you...not even the fact that I had to break down a huge wall to get to your heart," she told him.
Michael smiled and gave Maria a kiss.
"Good night Maria. I love you." Michael said.
"Good night Michael. I love you too." Maria said.

"Are you all right Isabel?" Alex asked.
"Huh? Oh yeah, I'm just worried about my parents. Well, I'm worried about all of our parents, but if we hadn't told our parents then maybe they would be safe." Isabel said.
"Iz, they have been following us for a while now. I think that even if we hadn't told our parents they would still be in danger and in the hands of the Skins. The only difference is that we wouldn't know who had them yet." Alex told her.
"Yeah, you're right. I'm sorry, it's just we don't know what Nicholas is capable of and he could have already hurt them." Isabel said crying softly.
Alex wrapped his arms around her and pulled her close to him. He rubbed her back in slow circles trying to calm her down. She let the sobs rake through her body crying onto Alex's chest.
"Please don't cry Iz. We'll get them back and there will be nothing wrong with them." Alex said.
"I'm sorry Alex, I know we will. I just can't stand the thought of someone hurting my mom especially since now she knows everything, and I can finally talk to her about things that I couldn't before," she sobbed.
"I know, I know. I can't promise anything, but knowing Max we will get everyone back safely." Alex said. 'I just hope history doesn't repeat itself for Max and Liz's sake,' he added to himself.

Tess looked up at Kyle who was staring pensively at the ceiling.
"What are you thinking?" she asked.
"Huh?" he questioned being brought out of his musings.
"I asked what you were thinking," she told him.
"Oh, I thinking about all the stuff my dad and I haven't done that we said we would like to do, and now I don't know if we will be able to do them. I mean with the Skins having him and us having to rescue all of them. Anything could go wrong." Kyle said.
"We will get them all out safely Kyle, I know we will." Tess said a little teary eyed.
"What's wrong?" Kyle asked sensing the sadness in her voice.
"Well, it's just I know how you feel. I mean they don't have any of my parents because I don't have any, but with how nice you father has been to me, I sort of think of him as my own, and I'm afraid because what if something happens to him. He's been so nice to me, like a father would be to a daughter, even Nasedo wasn't like that and he raised me." Tess said.
"Well, you've sort have become an extended part of the family Tess, and I know that dad would put his life on the line for you as well as me." Kyle told her drawing her into his arms.
They both drifted off into sleep thinking about what the next couple of days were going to bring.
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"Rise and Shine people!" Nicholas yelled into the room housing the parents.
There were groans heard all around. The eight parents slowly woke up realizing that it wasn't a nightmare. They were really captives of and evil alien race out to get their children.
"What do you want with us?" Jim asked
"All I want is some answers." Nicholas told him.
"How do you know that we've got answers for you?" Philip asked.
"I don't, but I will be able to tell if you are lying. You see I can get inside your head painfully if I wanted to, but I am going to settle for the easy way first." Nicholas said.
"You must be Nicholas." Diane said.
"Why yes, how did you know?" he asked.
"Your evilness precedes you." Nancy answered.
Nicholas just let out a loud laugh. "That's good to know, so then you pretty much know what I'm capable of. Here's some breakfast, I'll be back in an hour or so to start the questioning."
The eight parents looked around. None of them knew what to do, and they all silently prayed that their children could rescue them. Even though they wanted to be rescued, a part of them wanted their children to remain safe.
They ate the slop that these people called breakfast and wondered what the day would bring.


Part 31:

Liz woke up first and smiled. It felt so good to have Max's arms around her, she waited for so long to have this happen. Even though they have been together for months now she never really thought that Max was hers. Deep down inside she felt that eventually she would have to give him up for the greater good...once again. But now with everything that they know, about their past and all, she knew that what she had felt for Max all those years ago was real and meant to be. The knowledge of that was so overpowering.
Max began to stir beside her but he didn't wake up, he only pulled her closer. 'I wonder if anyone else is awake yet. I should probably start making breakfast. We've got a lot of things to discuss and plan for today and we will need as much substance as we can get this morning because knowing us we will totally forget to eat,' she thought to herself.
Liz began to slowly disentangle herself from Max's grasp trying not to wake him up. As soon as she sat up she was hit with a wave of nausea and dizziness. 'Oh God what's wrong with me?' she thought.
Max was beginning to wake up and he heard her last comment. He bolted straight up and looked at Liz.
"What do you mean what's wrong with you?" Max asked concerned.
"Well, the moment I sat up I felt nauseous," Liz began feeling the bile rise up in her throat. She ran out of the room and to the bathroom praying that no one was in there.
She knocked on the door and when no one answered she threw the door open. She just made it to the toilet before retching. Max was a millisecond behind her and held her hair for her and began rubbing her back trying to comfort her.
"Sweetie, what's wrong?" He questioned.
"I don't know, I was fine when I woke up it all happened when I sat up. I'm scared Max." Liz said close to tears.
Max sat on the floor next to her and pulled her into his arms. "We'll figure it out Liz I promise. Maybe it was something you ate yesterday," he suggested.
"Max, I ate the same things as the rest of you. Your not sick, and if no one else is today then it's got to be something else. Maybe I'm getting the flu?" she said.
"I doubt that, it's not flu season. What else can it be?" he pondered.
"Oh GOD!" Liz exclaimed bursting into tears.
"What?" Max asked really concerned now because Liz never loses control like this.
She couldn't calm down enough to tell him what was wrong and all he could make out of their connection was her utter fear, and overwhelming curiosity.
Max finally got Liz to calm down. "Can you tell me now what made you so upset?" Max asked.
"Yes, I think so." Liz began. "I wasn't really upset, well ok, maybe a little bit, but I was kind of excited at the same time."
"Ok, you are losing me." Max told her.
"Sorry. Well, it kind of makes sense if you think about it. We started becoming intimate about a month ago right?" she asked.
"Yeah, I guess so. What does that have to do with anything?" Max asked.
'Think Max...Geez for a science nerd like me you sure are dense,' Liz thought to him.
All of a sudden a light went off in his brain. "OH MY GOD!" He exclaimed loudly.
Isabel, Alex, Michael, and Maria came running towards the bathroom. Max had woken them up. Tess and Kyle came a couple of minutes later because Max yelled again.
"What the hell is going on in here?" Michael asked.
Max looked towards the door at all of his friends. 'Shit, I didn't mean to wake the whole household. What should we tell them?' he asked Liz.
'I don't know, I guess we should just tell them the truth. Secrets will only hurt us we learned that already.' Liz said.
'You're right.' Max said. "Um, sorry guys, I didn't mean to be so loud, but Liz told me something unbelievable. Uh, why don't we all go downstairs and we'll tell you." Max said.
"All right Maxwell, but this better be worth getting woken up at 8 in the morning especially since we got precious little sleep." Michael grumbled.
"You'll live space boy, I know you will." Maria said.
"We'll meet you down there in a minute." Max said.
The six of his friends looked at him curiously for a minute but continued down the stairs anyway.
"Are you all right now? I can't believe this. Do you really think we are?" Max asked.
"Well, it's the only explanation I can come up with, and yes, I'm fine now." Liz said.
"Is there anyway we can know for sure?" Max asked.
"Short of taking a pregnancy test, I don't know." Liz told him.
Max got up and offered Liz his hand. He helped her to her feet and they both brushed their teeth. Max went first and found a toothbrush for Liz to use. She wanted to get that taste out of her mouth. As she was finishing Max walked up behind her and wrapped his arms around her. His hands rested on her stomach and a faint glow could be seen from under her shirt.
Both of them let out a gasp. Liz placed her hands over Max's and the glow became brighter. "Well, I guess that is a sure fire way to tell." Liz said. "We should have remembered that from the visions. You said that when Kivar blasted you, you fell near me with you hand resting on my stomach. You said that it glowed. Duh!"
"I totally forgot about that. Man, I'm stupid." Max said.
"Hey! Are you guys ever going to come down. If you are making out so help me God, I'll kill the two of you!" Maria yelled.
Liz laughed, she couldn't help it. Maria was never going to change. "We're coming right now, and no we weren't making out, we were brushing our teeth." Liz said walking down the stairs holding onto Max's hand.
All of a sudden the panic began to settle into Liz's head. 'Oh man, they are going to kill us for being so irresponsible. Well, Maria will be excited after she yells a bit. Alex is going to be disappointed, Tess will probably try to kill me, Kyle won't care, Isabel will be truly hurt and angry, and Michael will be the most pissed off. Not to mention my parents, oh God and Max's parents. They are going to kill us...we're only 17, how can we raise a child.' Liz thought.
'Liz, calm down. I know Michael will be upset, and maybe Izzy will be too, but she's going to be an aunt, that will excite her. I know we are young, but we'll manage, I promise. As for our parents, well, we'll deal with that when the time comes.' Max told her squeezing her hand.
"All right guys what the hell caused you to wake the whole damned neighborhood at 8 in the morning?" Kyle asked.
"Um well, I got sick this morning," Liz started.
"Oh chica, are you all right?" Maria asked.
"Yes, I'm fine, now. Look I woke up this morning and the minute I sat up I felt sick to my stomach. I thought maybe I was just hungry but it didn't go away and then I got dizzy. Max woke up then and could sense that something was wrong with me. He asked me about it and as I was answering him I felt this huge overwhelming need to throw up so I ran to the bathroom." Liz said.
"I followed her and comforted her the best I could. We were trying to figure out what was wrong with her and the only conclusion we could come to, since everyone else isn't sick and we ate the same stuff yesterday, is that Liz is pregnant." Max said waiting for the outbursts.
"What do you mean Liz is pregnant?" Michael asked calmly.
His calm attitude threw Max and Liz, they were expecting lamps to go flying and lots of shouting.
"Well, we've been, you know, for about a month or so, and I missed my period, but I just thought it was from all the stress lately. I guess I was wrong." Liz said.
"How can you be sure that she's pregnant? Did you take a test yet?" Tess asked curiously not mad at all.
"Well, we can show you if you'd like. We definitely know for sure, and we won't have to take a test." Max said.
"How can you know without taking a test?" Alex asked.
Liz lifted her shirt slightly exposing her belly. They both put their hands on her stomach at the same time. The moment their hands came in contact with her skin the glowing started.
"Oh I see how you can know now." Alex said amazed.
"Oh My God! I'm going to be an Aunt!" Isabel exclaimed rushing over to her brother and Liz. She embraced Liz first and then Max.
"You aren't mad?" Liz asked timidly.
"Well, I'm a little upset about how careless you two were. I mean come on you guys are the most responsible people I know, but when it comes to each other I guess you forget about that. Besides, what's done is done and getting upset over it now would be pointless." Isabel said.
"Let's just hope our parents feel the same way." Max said.
Maria came up to Liz and gave her a big hug. "I want you to know, that you will most definitely be called Auntie Maria by my child." Liz said. "After all you are like a sister to me. The same goes for the rest of you. You will all be known as Auntie Tess, Uncle Kyle, Uncle Alex, and Uncle Michael."
As Liz said this she turned to Michael to see his reaction. He still looked upset but as soon as Uncle Michael came out of Liz's mouth his expression changed.
"Uncle Michael huh? I think I like the sound of that." Michael said giving Liz a hug.
"Thank you Michael," she said.
"For what?" he asked.
"For not flipping out, and for being such a good friend." Liz said.
"Oh man, this pregnancy thing is going to make you really sappy isn't it?" Michael asked causing everyone to laugh.
"Yeah probably, but you'll survive, I promise." Liz teased.
"Ok, I guess the next order of business would be what the hell are we going to do to get our parents back." Kyle said.
"You're right. We can celebrate the baby later, we've got more important things to think about. But, we need to eat first, especially Liz since she's got someone else to think about now." Max said. "We'll discuss plans over breakfast."
"I'll make some omelets, and pancakes." Michael said.
"I'll give you a hand space boy." Maria told him heading off to the kitchen.
"So does it feel weird?" Alex asked.
"No, not yet. I'm a little overwhelmed, but the though of being a mommy makes me very happy." Liz told him.
"I can imagine. I mean I always knew that you and Max would be the first to have kids and stuff, but I didn't think it would be this soon." Alex said.
"Yeah me neither, but I wouldn't change it for the world. I just hope my parents will understand." Liz said sadly.
"Liz, after being held by Nicholas, I think this will be nothing to them." Alex said.
"I know, but what if they try to keep Max and I apart. I swear I will run away." Liz said.
"Let me just tell you that there would be an awful lot of people joining you. Well, I know you'd take Max, but Maria and I would follow, not to mention Isabel and Michael, and I'm sure Tess and Kyle would come too." Alex said.
"Yes, we would." Tess said hearing the last part of the conversation. "We will just have to make your parents understand. Everything will be all right."
"Thanks Tess." Liz said.
"You're welcome. I never got to say congrats before. So congrats." Tess said hugging Liz.
Liz started to cry. She never expected Tess to be this nice to her. It was amazing and wonderful. She felt like they really were becoming friends. Max noticed Liz crying and almost panicked at first, but he say Tess pull away and both the girls smiled at one another. This calmed him down immediately.
"Breakfast is ready!" Michael yelled from the kitchen.

After everyone was done with breakfast they walked back to the living room.
"I can't believe you ate that stuff!" Maria exclaimed.
"It's not that bad Maria you should try it." Liz said.
"No thank you. Tabasco Sauce just isn't my thing." Maria said. "I guess that's a side effect of being pregnant with a Czechoslovakian baby."
The girls sat down on the couch and waited for Max to begin.
"Tess, do you think you could hold a mind warp long enough for us to get in and get the parents out?" Max asked.
"Yeah, but Nicholas is really powerful and I don't know if it will work with him." Tess confessed.
"Damn." Max uttered.
"Wait! Kyle can mindwarp too. If he and Tess combined powers then it could be strong enough and they would be able to hold out longer. I mean they could start out at the same intensity and then, lets say Kyle backs off a bit. Tess could then maintain the warp and Kyle can slowly feed her some more energy. Once Tess starts to get tired Kyle can take over giving Tess some time to build up some more strength and she can slowly feed him some energy until he gets tired. They can keep switching until we are done." Liz said.
"I think that could definitely work!" Tess exclaimed giving Liz a look filled with awe. "I now see why you are the Queen, and why Max had you with him on his negotiations in our other lives."
Liz just smiled at Tess accepting her gratitude.
"Right, then Michael, Maria, Alex, Isabel, and I will go in and get our parents." Max said.
"You are not leaving me behind Max Evans. What if something happens to you. I'm the only one who can heal you. Or what if you are caught up fighting and something happens to one of our friends. Remember we are stronger together then apart!" Liz exclaimed.
"Liz, I can't risk you getting hurt." Max said.
"I refuse to be left Max, and if you do leave without me, I promise you I will follow." Liz said.
Max knew he was defeated. "Fine, but you must stay close to either me, Michael, or Maria." Max said.
"That I can promise." Liz smiled.
Her smile melted his heart. "Ok, we will get them out tomorrow. Tess and Kyle need to practice sustaining the mindwarp and transferring power from one to another. Can you guys be ready by tomorrow?" Max said.
"Yeah, we'll be ready." Tess said.
"Well, that settles it then. We go tomorrow." Max said.
Everyone got up and joined their other half. Max wrapped his arms around Liz and sat on a chair pulling her into his lap. He kissed her temple and she rested her head on his shoulder.
Maria and Michael sat on the couch with Tess and Kyle. Alex and Isabel sat on the other chair. Everyone was quite for a while just absorbing all the information they shared that day.
"I can't believe you two are having a baby." Maria said breaking the silence. "I'm sorry but it's so exciting, I couldn't keep it in any longer."
The doorbell rang ending any further comment. Max got up to answer it but Liz wouldn't let go of his hand. "It's one of them," she whispered.
He nodded his head and cautiously made his way to the door. He reached for the handle and Liz produced a shield. Max opened the door and Paul was greeted with the King and Queen surrounded by a shield.
"Nicholas was right my Queen, you are strong. I bring a message from Nicholas. He wants to see you and your Queen tomorrow two o'clock at the soap factory. He will discuss the release of your parents then." Paul said.
"Tell Nicholas that I accept but I want to come alone." Max said.
'Max, no! It's a trap and I won't let you go alone.' Liz told him.
'I can't let the past repeat itself Liz. I must protect you and the baby at all costs,' he said.
"No, Nicholas wants the both of you there. If you come alone your parents will die. If you bring anyone else, your parents will die. Understood?" Paul told them.
"Perfectly. We will be there tomorrow at 2, alone." Max sneered. "If anything happened to our parents I will personally kill you."
"Do not worry your Highness, your parents are fine." Paul said sarcastically.
"Is that all?" Max asked.
"Yes, Until tomorrow then." Paul said turning away.
Max closed the door. As soon as it was closed Liz dropped the shield. They walked back into the living room.
"Who was it?" Isabel asked.
"One of Nicholas's goons. Nicholas wants me and Liz to meet him tomorrow at 2 at the factory ALONE!" Max said.
"You can't go alone!" Michael yelled.
"I know! Our plan still hold except that instead of us going in to get them, Tess and Kyle will have to make it look like Liz and I are alone. You will all be behind us in case you need you." Max said.
"Isn't there any other way? I don't like this. It reminds me of your visions. OH GOD! What if those visions come true again!" Maria exclaimed hysterically.
"Calm down Maria, it's not going to happen again. I will let nothing happen to you." Michael said handing her a bottle of oil.
Maria opened it up and took a deep breath beginning to calm down.
"Today is our last day of this nightmare. It will all end tomorrow. I'm going to kill that bastard Nicholas and eventually we will figure out how to get Kivar!" Max said.
Everyone agreed and they split up and headed in different directions to deal with this in their own way. Isabel and Alex were going to try to contact their parents and make sure they were all right. Michael and Maria were going to practice their powers, and Kyle and Tess were going to make sure that they could sustain a warp for a long time.
Max and Liz went to rest and discuss the baby a bit more, as well as Liz's role in the rescue attempt. Max kept seeing his former self killing Liz over and over throughout their conversation, and since they were holding hands Liz kept seeing it too. She tried to reassure him that it would never happen again, but he was still afraid that it might. They had no control over what was going to go down tomorrow, so they didn't know what was going to happen.



posted on 6-Sep-2001 9:29:36 PM
Part 29:

The eight teens walked down stairs to hear out Tess's theory. None of them knew what to expect really, but since Maria, Liz and Isabel were there earlier they had more of a clue then anyone else.
"Ok, here's the deal. We tried a lot of different things with Maria, much the same way that we did with Liz, and the one thing she was really strong at was energy blasts. She can produce a shield and she would probably be able to dreamwalk if Isabel was with her just like Liz could as long as she was there. But the only thing she could do strongly by herself was sending out an energy blast, like I said before. Now, I don't know if it is because she is Michael's, how should I put this, um, other half or if that was just her power on our planet." Tess began.
"So since Maria can send out energy blasts you think that the rest of us will be able to counter our partner's power as well, right?" Alex asked. "That makes sense."
"Yeah that's what I'm saying." Tess said.
"Ok so how can we test the rest of this theory?" Max asked.
"Well, I think we should go outside and let Maria show off her power and see how it matches up to Michael's. Then I will cut myself and see if Liz can heal it. I think you should explain the details to her before hand though, like what she has to do to form the connection, and we'll see if that works. If not then you will be there to heal me and we will know that the theory is wrong." Isabel said.
"Well, we won't really know that for sure because Liz gets visions and Max doesn't so she could just have that power because she's I don't know just because. I mean maybe you can only have like one power and since hers is that that's it. I mean you, Michael, Max, and Tess can all do a little bit of each other's skills, I'm sure we all can too, but we need the guidance from the expert, just like you guys do if the power's not yours so...oh I don't know forget it." Kyle rambled.
"No, you have a point Kyle that's why I'm going to explain to you how to mind warp and we will see if it works." Tess said. "If you can do it then we'll get Alex to try and dreamwalk someone, maybe one of his parents, and if he can do it then my theory is correct."
"Ok then let's go." Michael said heading out the back door.
Isabel grabbed a knife on the way out so she could use it later to cut her arm for Liz to heal. Michael went first in the demonstration. He sent a blast to the tree and knocked off a branch. Maria went next and also knocked off a branch with very good accuracy.
"Well, that's test number one, and the score is Theory up one." Alex said.
The other's just looked at Alex and shook their heads. He always knew how to lighten up the mood. Alex just smiled at them all, he knew that they loved his sense of humor, so he didn't let their looks bother him.
Max walked up to Liz to explain the healing process to her.
"Ok all you have to do is clear your mind and then picture the wound in your head. See the injury healing itself in your mind, see the molecules fusing together and they will." Max told her.
"Ok, I think I can do this." Liz said giving Max a quick kiss. "I'm ready when you are Isabel," she said turning around.
Isabel picked up the knife and made an incision on her arm. She didn't go too deep because she didn't want to really hurt herself, but she went deep enough for Liz to really have to concentrate on healing her.
Liz placed her hand over Izzy's wound and cleared her mind. She then pictured the wound like Max told her and began picturing the skin cells, and nerve cells, fusing back together. Her hand began to glow and warm up, after a couple of minutes the picture in her head was fully healed so she took her hand away and Isabel's wound was gone.
"Looks like round two goes to the Theory too," Alex said.
"So far so good." Tess said.
While Liz was healing Isabel's arm Tess was explaining to Kyle how to mindwarp.
"Ok, I think I've got it, let's see if it works." Kyle said deciding he was going to give Max a heart attack just for the hell of it.
Kyle began to concentrate on the image that he wanted everyone to see. All of a sudden everyone saw Alex walking up to Liz. No one knew what was going on, when all of a sudden Alex grabbed Liz and kissed her. Max let out a growl and was about to lunge for the image of Alex when Kyle let the warp go. He was laughing hysterically, he just couldn't help himself.
"Ha ha ha, really funny Kyle. I wanted to kill Alex for kissing Liz, but I guess I'll settle for killing you." Max said in a deadly serious tone.
"Hey man it was just a joke. I picked Alex because I figured you'd realize that he would never do something like that, he loves Izzy, and besides he and Liz are like brother and sister." Kyle said backing away.
"I know, God, you shouldn't take things so seriously. But I'm very protective of Liz and no one gets to kiss her but me," he said.
"Protective? Honey, that's possessive in my book." Maria said.
"Ok, before WWIII breaks out, round three goes to the Theory, so I guess that leaves me." Alex said.
"Yes, it does. Do you remember what I told you about dreamwalking, when you asked me that one time?" Isabel asked him.
"Yeah, and I've got a picture of my mom right here so I'm just going to lay down over here on the grass and see what I can do. I just hope she's sleeping." Alex said.
He walked over to a nice grassy spot on the lawn and got comfortable. He then cleared his mind and touched the picture. Instantly he was in his mother's dream.
She was dreaming of the time when Alex was five and he brought home the stray kitten he had found outside of the park. He had said that it wasn't right for such a little thing to be without a mommy, and asked her if she would be it's new mommy so he could have a little brother or sister.
Alex let his mother see him so he could talk to her.
"Mom?" Alex called.
His mother jerked her head up frightened. Once she saw Alex she relaxed a bit. "Alex? Baby is it really you?"
"Well, sort of. We are trying to figure out our powers. Mine is the same as Isabel's, I can dreamwalk so that's what I'm doing. Are you all right? How is everyone else?" He told her.
"We are all fine for now. They want Max, and something called the Granolith." Sharon said.
"Yeah we know, Isabel got a flash when she touched the doorknob. Do you have any idea where you are?" he asked.
"No not really, but I think we are on the edge of town," she told him.
"Yes! I was right. It has to be the old soap factory, it's the only building that's close yet far enough away. Ok, I'm going to go so I can tell the others. We will get you out of there as soon as we can," he assured her.
"Oh Alex, don't worry about us. You eight are what's important, if you have to sacrifice us then do it," she said.
"No, mom, we can't do that. You all raised us and loved us, and we love you. There is no way we are going to let these a-holes do anything to our families." Alex told her. "Tell the others that we love them all. I will see you soon," he said stepping out of the dream.
"Well, they are fine, and I was right, they are at the old soap factory. She didn't really know for sure but she said they were on the outskirts of town so I put two and two together. Anyway, I told her to tell everyone we love them and that we will see them soon." Alex said.
"Well, I guess the Theory is undefeated." Isabel said in Alex's place.
Alex just looked at her and smiled. 'Wow, I'm rubbing off on her, Cool,' he thought.
"Oh God, he's rubbing off on you." Maria said.
"So what do we do now Max?" Liz asked.
"I don't know. I guess we should all try and get a couple more hours of sleep and then try and figure out a game plan tomorrow. Hopefully we will have one by tomorrow night, and by the day after we will get our parents back. I don't want them in the hands of Nicholas for too long, God only knows what he will do to them." Max said.
Everyone agreed and they all went back inside to get some sleep. Max and Liz went into Max's room. Isabel and Alex headed into her room. Michael and Maria took one of the spare rooms, and Tess and Kyle took the other.
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"What do you want to do with the parents?" Marcus asked.
"We'll let them rest for now, but tomorrow the questions begin. If they don't corporate then we'll just have to make them." Nicholas said laughing evilly.
"How long before you think King Max will come for them?" Paul asked.
"Oh either tomorrow or the day after knowing him. He won't want anything to happen to his precious family, he always was soft. I will get him this time, and the Queen will go back to Seria to rule." Nicholas said.


Part 30:

Max and Liz sat up for a while just needing to be in one another's arms.
'Max, I'm really scared. What if Nicholas hurts our parents. He has no feelings except for hatred, and he will stop at nothing to get you,' Liz said.
'I know, I know. I'm just as scared as the rest of you, but I can't show it. I've got to be the strong and fearless leader,' he said.
'Max, love, it's just the two of us now. You don't have to be strong when you are alone with me. I love you for not only your strength but for you weakness as well. It's what makes you human, it's what makes us all human, or fears and what not. So please don't be afraid to show me how scared you are,' she told him.
He didn't respond with words, he leaned down and kissed her. Their connection opened up immediately and she saw everything he was afraid of.

*Flash*
Nicholas sending energy blasts out killing all of their parents before they could reach them. Nicholas laughing and telling Max how he still is a bad King. Nicholas grabbing Liz and sending an energy blast out to kill him. Him putting up a shield blocking the blast, and Liz crying. Liz yelling for Max to help her, but he couldn't. A ship landing in the background and Nicholas pulling Liz with him to board it. Max trying one last time to reach her with Nicholas sending more blasts out. One hitting him and him falling. The last thing he sees is the door closing with Liz in the ship.
*End Flash*

"That's what I'm afraid of. I can't lose you Liz, it would be the death of me." Max told her.
"You won't lose me Max. I will not allow it. I would have sent a blast into Nicholas if he attempted to grab me." Liz reassured him. 'Is there anything else you are afraid of?' she asked him.
'Yes, I'm afraid that everything is going to end the same way it did back on Seria. I'm afraid that I will be forced to kill you again. I don't think I could do it this time Liz,' he said.
'Well, then we will just have to make sure we kick Nicholas's ass and that nothing separates us again,' she said forcefully.
The two of them laid down and let sleep overtake them. Max's hand rested across Liz's abdomen and a small glowing could be seen coming from her.

Down the hall Michael and Maria were just sitting up as well.
"What are you thinking Michael?" Maria asked him.
"I'm thinking about how we can possibly get our parents out of there without getting anyone killed." Michael said.
"By anyone, you mean us right?" she asked.
"Yeah, I don't care if any of the skins get killed, I'm actually hoping we kill Nicholas," he said. "But, I have a feeling he's not going to be too close while the fighting is going on. He seems like that type of rat. You know the one who has other people do his dirty work for him."
"Yeah, I know what you mean. I hope my mom's all right." Maria said absentmindedly.
"I'm sure she is. Our parents are all Nicholas has to bargain with and he wouldn't hurt them, not yet anyway. He has to know we wouldn't even consider giving up the Granolith if our parents are hurt." Michael told her.
"Do you ever wish that you didn't let go of Isabel's hand when you were younger?" she asked.
"Sometimes, but growing up the way I did has made me the strong person I am today. If I hadn't grown up with Hank, then I wouldn't be the person I am today," he said.
"No, you'd probably be more like Max. Don't get me wrong I like Max, but he's just not you. I wouldn't change anything about you...not even the fact that I had to break down a huge wall to get to your heart," she told him.
Michael smiled and gave Maria a kiss.
"Good night Maria. I love you." Michael said.
"Good night Michael. I love you too." Maria said.

"Are you all right Isabel?" Alex asked.
"Huh? Oh yeah, I'm just worried about my parents. Well, I'm worried about all of our parents, but if we hadn't told our parents then maybe they would be safe." Isabel said.
"Iz, they have been following us for a while now. I think that even if we hadn't told our parents they would still be in danger and in the hands of the Skins. The only difference is that we wouldn't know who had them yet." Alex told her.
"Yeah, you're right. I'm sorry, it's just we don't know what Nicholas is capable of and he could have already hurt them." Isabel said crying softly.
Alex wrapped his arms around her and pulled her close to him. He rubbed her back in slow circles trying to calm her down. She let the sobs rake through her body crying onto Alex's chest.
"Please don't cry Iz. We'll get them back and there will be nothing wrong with them." Alex said.
"I'm sorry Alex, I know we will. I just can't stand the thought of someone hurting my mom especially since now she knows everything, and I can finally talk to her about things that I couldn't before," she sobbed.
"I know, I know. I can't promise anything, but knowing Max we will get everyone back safely." Alex said. 'I just hope history doesn't repeat itself for Max and Liz's sake,' he added to himself.

Tess looked up at Kyle who was staring pensively at the ceiling.
"What are you thinking?" she asked.
"Huh?" he questioned being brought out of his musings.
"I asked what you were thinking," she told him.
"Oh, I thinking about all the stuff my dad and I haven't done that we said we would like to do, and now I don't know if we will be able to do them. I mean with the Skins having him and us having to rescue all of them. Anything could go wrong." Kyle said.
"We will get them all out safely Kyle, I know we will." Tess said a little teary eyed.
"What's wrong?" Kyle asked sensing the sadness in her voice.
"Well, it's just I know how you feel. I mean they don't have any of my parents because I don't have any, but with how nice you father has been to me, I sort of think of him as my own, and I'm afraid because what if something happens to him. He's been so nice to me, like a father would be to a daughter, even Nasedo wasn't like that and he raised me." Tess said.
"Well, you've sort have become an extended part of the family Tess, and I know that dad would put his life on the line for you as well as me." Kyle told her drawing her into his arms.
They both drifted off into sleep thinking about what the next couple of days were going to bring.
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"Rise and Shine people!" Nicholas yelled into the room housing the parents.
There were groans heard all around. The eight parents slowly woke up realizing that it wasn't a nightmare. They were really captives of and evil alien race out to get their children.
"What do you want with us?" Jim asked
"All I want is some answers." Nicholas told him.
"How do you know that we've got answers for you?" Philip asked.
"I don't, but I will be able to tell if you are lying. You see I can get inside your head painfully if I wanted to, but I am going to settle for the easy way first." Nicholas said.
"You must be Nicholas." Diane said.
"Why yes, how did you know?" he asked.
"Your evilness precedes you." Nancy answered.
Nicholas just let out a loud laugh. "That's good to know, so then you pretty much know what I'm capable of. Here's some breakfast, I'll be back in an hour or so to start the questioning."
The eight parents looked around. None of them knew what to do, and they all silently prayed that their children could rescue them. Even though they wanted to be rescued, a part of them wanted their children to remain safe.
They ate the slop that these people called breakfast and wondered what the day would bring.


Part 31:

Liz woke up first and smiled. It felt so good to have Max's arms around her, she waited for so long to have this happen. Even though they have been together for months now she never really thought that Max was hers. Deep down inside she felt that eventually she would have to give him up for the greater good...once again. But now with everything that they know, about their past and all, she knew that what she had felt for Max all those years ago was real and meant to be. The knowledge of that was so overpowering.
Max began to stir beside her but he didn't wake up, he only pulled her closer. 'I wonder if anyone else is awake yet. I should probably start making breakfast. We've got a lot of things to discuss and plan for today and we will need as much substance as we can get this morning because knowing us we will totally forget to eat,' she thought to herself.
Liz began to slowly disentangle herself from Max's grasp trying not to wake him up. As soon as she sat up she was hit with a wave of nausea and dizziness. 'Oh God what's wrong with me?' she thought.
Max was beginning to wake up and he heard her last comment. He bolted straight up and looked at Liz.
"What do you mean what's wrong with you?" Max asked concerned.
"Well, the moment I sat up I felt nauseous," Liz began feeling the bile rise up in her throat. She ran out of the room and to the bathroom praying that no one was in there.
She knocked on the door and when no one answered she threw the door open. She just made it to the toilet before retching. Max was a millisecond behind her and held her hair for her and began rubbing her back trying to comfort her.
"Sweetie, what's wrong?" He questioned.
"I don't know, I was fine when I woke up it all happened when I sat up. I'm scared Max." Liz said close to tears.
Max sat on the floor next to her and pulled her into his arms. "We'll figure it out Liz I promise. Maybe it was something you ate yesterday," he suggested.
"Max, I ate the same things as the rest of you. Your not sick, and if no one else is today then it's got to be something else. Maybe I'm getting the flu?" she said.
"I doubt that, it's not flu season. What else can it be?" he pondered.
"Oh GOD!" Liz exclaimed bursting into tears.
"What?" Max asked really concerned now because Liz never loses control like this.
She couldn't calm down enough to tell him what was wrong and all he could make out of their connection was her utter fear, and overwhelming curiosity.
Max finally got Liz to calm down. "Can you tell me now what made you so upset?" Max asked.
"Yes, I think so." Liz began. "I wasn't really upset, well ok, maybe a little bit, but I was kind of excited at the same time."
"Ok, you are losing me." Max told her.
"Sorry. Well, it kind of makes sense if you think about it. We started becoming intimate about a month ago right?" she asked.
"Yeah, I guess so. What does that have to do with anything?" Max asked.
'Think Max...Geez for a science nerd like me you sure are dense,' Liz thought to him.
All of a sudden a light went off in his brain. "OH MY GOD!" He exclaimed loudly.
Isabel, Alex, Michael, and Maria came running towards the bathroom. Max had woken them up. Tess and Kyle came a couple of minutes later because Max yelled again.
"What the hell is going on in here?" Michael asked.
Max looked towards the door at all of his friends. 'Shit, I didn't mean to wake the whole household. What should we tell them?' he asked Liz.
'I don't know, I guess we should just tell them the truth. Secrets will only hurt us we learned that already.' Liz said.
'You're right.' Max said. "Um, sorry guys, I didn't mean to be so loud, but Liz told me something unbelievable. Uh, why don't we all go downstairs and we'll tell you." Max said.
"All right Maxwell, but this better be worth getting woken up at 8 in the morning especially since we got precious little sleep." Michael grumbled.
"You'll live space boy, I know you will." Maria said.
"We'll meet you down there in a minute." Max said.
The six of his friends looked at him curiously for a minute but continued down the stairs anyway.
"Are you all right now? I can't believe this. Do you really think we are?" Max asked.
"Well, it's the only explanation I can come up with, and yes, I'm fine now." Liz said.
"Is there anyway we can know for sure?" Max asked.
"Short of taking a pregnancy test, I don't know." Liz told him.
Max got up and offered Liz his hand. He helped her to her feet and they both brushed their teeth. Max went first and found a toothbrush for Liz to use. She wanted to get that taste out of her mouth. As she was finishing Max walked up behind her and wrapped his arms around her. His hands rested on her stomach and a faint glow could be seen from under her shirt.
Both of them let out a gasp. Liz placed her hands over Max's and the glow became brighter. "Well, I guess that is a sure fire way to tell." Liz said. "We should have remembered that from the visions. You said that when Kivar blasted you, you fell near me with you hand resting on my stomach. You said that it glowed. Duh!"
"I totally forgot about that. Man, I'm stupid." Max said.
"Hey! Are you guys ever going to come down. If you are making out so help me God, I'll kill the two of you!" Maria yelled.
Liz laughed, she couldn't help it. Maria was never going to change. "We're coming right now, and no we weren't making out, we were brushing our teeth." Liz said walking down the stairs holding onto Max's hand.
All of a sudden the panic began to settle into Liz's head. 'Oh man, they are going to kill us for being so irresponsible. Well, Maria will be excited after she yells a bit. Alex is going to be disappointed, Tess will probably try to kill me, Kyle won't care, Isabel will be truly hurt and angry, and Michael will be the most pissed off. Not to mention my parents, oh God and Max's parents. They are going to kill us...we're only 17, how can we raise a child.' Liz thought.
'Liz, calm down. I know Michael will be upset, and maybe Izzy will be too, but she's going to be an aunt, that will excite her. I know we are young, but we'll manage, I promise. As for our parents, well, we'll deal with that when the time comes.' Max told her squeezing her hand.
"All right guys what the hell caused you to wake the whole damned neighborhood at 8 in the morning?" Kyle asked.
"Um well, I got sick this morning," Liz started.
"Oh chica, are you all right?" Maria asked.
"Yes, I'm fine, now. Look I woke up this morning and the minute I sat up I felt sick to my stomach. I thought maybe I was just hungry but it didn't go away and then I got dizzy. Max woke up then and could sense that something was wrong with me. He asked me about it and as I was answering him I felt this huge overwhelming need to throw up so I ran to the bathroom." Liz said.
"I followed her and comforted her the best I could. We were trying to figure out what was wrong with her and the only conclusion we could come to, since everyone else isn't sick and we ate the same stuff yesterday, is that Liz is pregnant." Max said waiting for the outbursts.
"What do you mean Liz is pregnant?" Michael asked calmly.
His calm attitude threw Max and Liz, they were expecting lamps to go flying and lots of shouting.
"Well, we've been, you know, for about a month or so, and I missed my period, but I just thought it was from all the stress lately. I guess I was wrong." Liz said.
"How can you be sure that she's pregnant? Did you take a test yet?" Tess asked curiously not mad at all.
"Well, we can show you if you'd like. We definitely know for sure, and we won't have to take a test." Max said.
"How can you know without taking a test?" Alex asked.
Liz lifted her shirt slightly exposing her belly. They both put their hands on her stomach at the same time. The moment their hands came in contact with her skin the glowing started.
"Oh I see how you can know now." Alex said amazed.
"Oh My God! I'm going to be an Aunt!" Isabel exclaimed rushing over to her brother and Liz. She embraced Liz first and then Max.
"You aren't mad?" Liz asked timidly.
"Well, I'm a little upset about how careless you two were. I mean come on you guys are the most responsible people I know, but when it comes to each other I guess you forget about that. Besides, what's done is done and getting upset over it now would be pointless." Isabel said.
"Let's just hope our parents feel the same way." Max said.
Maria came up to Liz and gave her a big hug. "I want you to know, that you will most definitely be called Auntie Maria by my child." Liz said. "After all you are like a sister to me. The same goes for the rest of you. You will all be known as Auntie Tess, Uncle Kyle, Uncle Alex, and Uncle Michael."
As Liz said this she turned to Michael to see his reaction. He still looked upset but as soon as Uncle Michael came out of Liz's mouth his expression changed.
"Uncle Michael huh? I think I like the sound of that." Michael said giving Liz a hug.
"Thank you Michael," she said.
"For what?" he asked.
"For not flipping out, and for being such a good friend." Liz said.
"Oh man, this pregnancy thing is going to make you really sappy isn't it?" Michael asked causing everyone to laugh.
"Yeah probably, but you'll survive, I promise." Liz teased.
"Ok, I guess the next order of business would be what the hell are we going to do to get our parents back." Kyle said.
"You're right. We can celebrate the baby later, we've got more important things to think about. But, we need to eat first, especially Liz since she's got someone else to think about now." Max said. "We'll discuss plans over breakfast."
"I'll make some omelets, and pancakes." Michael said.
"I'll give you a hand space boy." Maria told him heading off to the kitchen.
"So does it feel weird?" Alex asked.
"No, not yet. I'm a little overwhelmed, but the though of being a mommy makes me very happy." Liz told him.
"I can imagine. I mean I always knew that you and Max would be the first to have kids and stuff, but I didn't think it would be this soon." Alex said.
"Yeah me neither, but I wouldn't change it for the world. I just hope my parents will understand." Liz said sadly.
"Liz, after being held by Nicholas, I think this will be nothing to them." Alex said.
"I know, but what if they try to keep Max and I apart. I swear I will run away." Liz said.
"Let me just tell you that there would be an awful lot of people joining you. Well, I know you'd take Max, but Maria and I would follow, not to mention Isabel and Michael, and I'm sure Tess and Kyle would come too." Alex said.
"Yes, we would." Tess said hearing the last part of the conversation. "We will just have to make your parents understand. Everything will be all right."
"Thanks Tess." Liz said.
"You're welcome. I never got to say congrats before. So congrats." Tess said hugging Liz.
Liz started to cry. She never expected Tess to be this nice to her. It was amazing and wonderful. She felt like they really were becoming friends. Max noticed Liz crying and almost panicked at first, but he say Tess pull away and both the girls smiled at one another. This calmed him down immediately.
"Breakfast is ready!" Michael yelled from the kitchen.

After everyone was done with breakfast they walked back to the living room.
"I can't believe you ate that stuff!" Maria exclaimed.
"It's not that bad Maria you should try it." Liz said.
"No thank you. Tabasco Sauce just isn't my thing." Maria said. "I guess that's a side effect of being pregnant with a Czechoslovakian baby."
The girls sat down on the couch and waited for Max to begin.
"Tess, do you think you could hold a mind warp long enough for us to get in and get the parents out?" Max asked.
"Yeah, but Nicholas is really powerful and I don't know if it will work with him." Tess confessed.
"Damn." Max uttered.
"Wait! Kyle can mindwarp too. If he and Tess combined powers then it could be strong enough and they would be able to hold out longer. I mean they could start out at the same intensity and then, lets say Kyle backs off a bit. Tess could then maintain the warp and Kyle can slowly feed her some more energy. Once Tess starts to get tired Kyle can take over giving Tess some time to build up some more strength and she can slowly feed him some energy until he gets tired. They can keep switching until we are done." Liz said.
"I think that could definitely work!" Tess exclaimed giving Liz a look filled with awe. "I now see why you are the Queen, and why Max had you with him on his negotiations in our other lives."
Liz just smiled at Tess accepting her gratitude.
"Right, then Michael, Maria, Alex, Isabel, and I will go in and get our parents." Max said.
"You are not leaving me behind Max Evans. What if something happens to you. I'm the only one who can heal you. Or what if you are caught up fighting and something happens to one of our friends. Remember we are stronger together then apart!" Liz exclaimed.
"Liz, I can't risk you getting hurt." Max said.
"I refuse to be left Max, and if you do leave without me, I promise you I will follow." Liz said.
Max knew he was defeated. "Fine, but you must stay close to either me, Michael, or Maria." Max said.
"That I can promise." Liz smiled.
Her smile melted his heart. "Ok, we will get them out tomorrow. Tess and Kyle need to practice sustaining the mindwarp and transferring power from one to another. Can you guys be ready by tomorrow?" Max said.
"Yeah, we'll be ready." Tess said.
"Well, that settles it then. We go tomorrow." Max said.
Everyone got up and joined their other half. Max wrapped his arms around Liz and sat on a chair pulling her into his lap. He kissed her temple and she rested her head on his shoulder.
Maria and Michael sat on the couch with Tess and Kyle. Alex and Isabel sat on the other chair. Everyone was quite for a while just absorbing all the information they shared that day.
"I can't believe you two are having a baby." Maria said breaking the silence. "I'm sorry but it's so exciting, I couldn't keep it in any longer."
The doorbell rang ending any further comment. Max got up to answer it but Liz wouldn't let go of his hand. "It's one of them," she whispered.
He nodded his head and cautiously made his way to the door. He reached for the handle and Liz produced a shield. Max opened the door and Paul was greeted with the King and Queen surrounded by a shield.
"Nicholas was right my Queen, you are strong. I bring a message from Nicholas. He wants to see you and your Queen tomorrow two o'clock at the soap factory. He will discuss the release of your parents then." Paul said.
"Tell Nicholas that I accept but I want to come alone." Max said.
'Max, no! It's a trap and I won't let you go alone.' Liz told him.
'I can't let the past repeat itself Liz. I must protect you and the baby at all costs,' he said.
"No, Nicholas wants the both of you there. If you come alone your parents will die. If you bring anyone else, your parents will die. Understood?" Paul told them.
"Perfectly. We will be there tomorrow at 2, alone." Max sneered. "If anything happened to our parents I will personally kill you."
"Do not worry your Highness, your parents are fine." Paul said sarcastically.
"Is that all?" Max asked.
"Yes, Until tomorrow then." Paul said turning away.
Max closed the door. As soon as it was closed Liz dropped the shield. They walked back into the living room.
"Who was it?" Isabel asked.
"One of Nicholas's goons. Nicholas wants me and Liz to meet him tomorrow at 2 at the factory ALONE!" Max said.
"You can't go alone!" Michael yelled.
"I know! Our plan still hold except that instead of us going in to get them, Tess and Kyle will have to make it look like Liz and I are alone. You will all be behind us in case you need you." Max said.
"Isn't there any other way? I don't like this. It reminds me of your visions. OH GOD! What if those visions come true again!" Maria exclaimed hysterically.
"Calm down Maria, it's not going to happen again. I will let nothing happen to you." Michael said handing her a bottle of oil.
Maria opened it up and took a deep breath beginning to calm down.
"Today is our last day of this nightmare. It will all end tomorrow. I'm going to kill that bastard Nicholas and eventually we will figure out how to get Kivar!" Max said.
Everyone agreed and they split up and headed in different directions to deal with this in their own way. Isabel and Alex were going to try to contact their parents and make sure they were all right. Michael and Maria were going to practice their powers, and Kyle and Tess were going to make sure that they could sustain a warp for a long time.
Max and Liz went to rest and discuss the baby a bit more, as well as Liz's role in the rescue attempt. Max kept seeing his former self killing Liz over and over throughout their conversation, and since they were holding hands Liz kept seeing it too. She tried to reassure him that it would never happen again, but he was still afraid that it might. They had no control over what was going to go down tomorrow, so they didn't know what was going to happen.



posted on 6-Sep-2001 9:33:02 PM
Part 32:

Everyone woke up early the next morning. Liz had another bout with morning sickness. Max sat in the bathroom with her while she suffered. He felt really guilty about this because he should have been more careful and he wasn't. Not once did he think about protection, he just felt the need for Liz and acted on that need.
Liz could feel Max's emotions like they were her own. 'Max, don't blame yourself. I should have remembered too and I didn't. It's not your fault, it's both of ours. But there is no way that I regret this child. Always remember that, especially when our parents flip,' she said to him.
'Have I told you how much I love you Liz Parker?' he asked her.
'Not this morning Max Evans,' she told him.
'I love you so much it scares me sometimes. I would never let anything happen to you or our child I promise you that,' he swore to her.
'I love you so much as well. I know you would protect me with you life if necessary but please promise me that you will take care of yourself as well.' Liz said.
'I promise,' he told her not really sure if he could keep it or not.
Liz felt much better so they brushed their teeth and headed downstairs to join the others. Everyone was just sitting around not really knowing what to do.
"So what the hell are we supposed to do until later?" Alex asked.
"I don't know, I guess we could do some normal teen stuff," Maria said.
"I don't think we know how to do normal teen stuff." Kyle stated.
"Well, we could watch movies and veg until it's time to go. You know try and take our minds off of everything." Liz suggested.
"We'd never agree on what to watch. I can't picture Max, Michael, or Kyle wanting to watch a chick flick." Isabel stated.
"Hey how come Alex isn't classified in there?" Michael asked offended.
"Michael I'm surprised you had to ask that question. Alex has been coming to sleepovers at Liz's and my house since fifth grade. He's well versed in the arts of Chick flicks." Maria said.
"Yeah, it's really helped being friends with two girls." Alex said.
"Yeah, helped in making you one of them. Sometimes you scare me Whitman." Kyle said.
"Well, at least I'm sensitive. Women did that Valenti, you should take pointers." Alex snapped.
"All right! Enough. I don't need anyone shedding blood in this house. We supposed to be relaxing and working together not going at each other's throats." Max said.
"Sorry..." Alex and Kyle said.
Before anyone knew it it was time to go. Marcus called the house saying that Nicholas was waiting. Max and Liz jumped into the jeep and took off. The others would be following a couple of minutes later. They were all waiting at their cars which were parked around the block. Just in case someone stayed behind to watch the house they were already out and in the cars.
Max and Liz pulled up in front of the Soap Factory and got out of the jeep. Nicholas was standing there with their parents. 'Damn, I thought we'd be getting inside...Our plan isn't going to work now,' Max thought.
'Hold on, I'll try and contact Maria and tell them to warp the cars so Nicholas doesn't see them,' Liz said.
'Maria....Maria.' Liz tried.
'Lizzie babe is that you?' Maria asked.
'Yeah it is. Listen, Nicholas is outside, you guys have to block the cars so he doesn't see you,' Liz said.
'All right I'll pass the word on,' she said.
Liz focused on Max now and gave him a little smile. He knew that it worked and Maria knew. Now the only question is will it work.
"So the mighty King and his Queen have graced us with their presences. How nice of you." Nicholas said.
"What do you want?" Max asked.
"You used to be smarter then his Max...I want the Granolith what do you think I want." Nicholas taunted.
"Well you will never get the Granolith." Max told him.
"Oh I think you'll be handing it over, I would bet money on it." Nicholas said.
"And how are you planning to do that?" Max taunted back trying not to show how scared he really was.
"You were always brave your Highness, but stupid. You shouldn't push me, I am way more powerful then you will ever be. Bring me one of the parents." Nicholas said.
"What are you planning to do?" Liz asked truly frightened.
"Oh, I'm going to make your husband give me the Granolith." Nicholas said grabbing Nancy Parker by the arm.
"They aren't married yet you stupid little man," Nancy said flippantly.
"Mom!" Liz exclaimed.
"Don't worry about us Lizzie. Your survival is more important as is what ever it is this psycho wants. Whatever he does to us don't worry about, he can't have that thing, it's too valuable." Nancy told her daughter.
"Aww, how touching. Shut up!" Nicholas yelled.
Nicholas put his hand on Nancy's head and began to rape her mind. He was going to take all her memories and try to find something that could help him get to Max, or Liz. Nancy let out a scream as he began to rip her memories out of her head.
"Let her go!" Liz screamed hearing her father yelling in the background.
"Boring, boring, boring. Oh, this is interesting." Nicholas said.
He let go of Nancy and she fell to the ground. She caught herself before he head hit but was too weak to stand up and move away.
"You have been keeping secrets from your parents for a while huh? You only told them yesterday. They are of no use to me. I guess I can just kill them all." Nicholas said.
"NO! Please don't." Liz said sobbing.
"Aww is the little Queenie upset that her mommy and daddy are going to die?" Nicholas said.
He raised his hand to send a blast at her mother. Before he could release his energy a blast came from the other side of him sending him on his ass.
"What the..." Nicholas said.
The warp faded and he could see the others. They had the other parents freed and were on their way for Nancy. It didn't matter. All he needed was to grab Liz and Max would stop everything.
Nicholas could mind warp a little bit as well. He focused his energy and made it look like he was still sitting on the ground. He slowly inched his way to where Max and Liz were standing.
Liz could sense something but she couldn't tell what it was. She just knew that they were in danger.
"Max, we need to join the others, something isn't right." Liz said.
Not questioning her judgment because she was the one with the Evil Alien radar he grabbed her hand and began to walk towards Michael and the others.
Before they got too far Nicholas reached out and grabbed Liz's other hand trying to pull her away from Max. Max felt the tug at Liz and spun around. Nicholas couldn't hold his warp anymore and everyone saw him trying to pull Liz away from Max.
"She will be Kavir's. He has waited an entire lifetime for her, and this time she will not be lost to him!" Nicholas yelled.
He hit a button on an orb that he pulled from his pocket.
"Is every thing in order?" a voice called out.
"Yes, my Lord. I have her now, all I have to do is dispose of your cousin and she will be yours." Nicholas answered.
"Very well. I will open the portal then, make sure there are no lose ends this time Nicholas. I cannot lose her." Kavir said.
"Max!!" Liz yelled.
"Liz!" Max called out. "You will not have her you power hungry freak. She is my wife and the mother of my child, and there is nothing you can do about it!"
There were gasps from all the parents at this news. Yet, they weren't sure if he was just saying that because one day she would be the mother of his children or if she was pregnant now.
Before Nicholas could throw Max off of Liz a power began to build deep within her. Liz was a little frightened by how intense the power was but she heard a little voice in her head.
'Don't worry mommy, we won't let that bad man hurt you or daddy,' the voices said.
Liz shot a blast that knocked Nicholas through the portal. Once he was threw it the portal closed. Liz let out a sigh of relief and collapsed into Max's embrace. She clutched on to him never wanting to let go.
Max could feel her shaking violently. He didn't really know what to do so he just held her and stroked her hair. All the while whispering in her ear that everything was all right.
Michael took care of the last remaining Skins. Most of them fled at the time they showed up, but those that remained were dust thanks to Michael and Maria.
Isabel, Alex, Tess, Kyle, Michael, Maria, and the parents walked over to Max and Liz. They stopped a couple of feet from them not really wanting to intrude on the private moment, but the parents wanted answers.
"Max, honey, what did you mean when you said that Liz is your Wife and the Mother of YOUR children?" Diane asked.
"Mom, if you don't mind I would rather tell all of you at home where we can be more comfortable. I know it's a lot to ask since you are all really curious, but I want to hold Liz calm her down, and then tell you all about it." Max said.
"We understand son. Is there enough room for everyone to get home?" Philip asked.
"Yeah, Iz can drive the jeep with Alex, Liz, me and Tess. Kyle can take his dad, and the Parkers, and Maria can take Michael, her mother, and you guys. We will all meet at the house." Max said.
"Fine we will see you there." Jeff said walking towards the Mustang.
The parents went to their respective cars. Isabel, Alex, Michael, Maria, Tess, and Kyle hung back for a minute.
"Are you guys all right?" Isabel asked.
"Yeah, I was just really scared. I mean Nicholas almost took her away from me." Max said holding Liz tighter against him.
"Liz? Babe? You haven't said anything since this started." Maria said concerned.
"I heard them." Liz said.
"Huh? Heard who?" Alex asked.
"My babies. They spoke to me." Liz said.
"Babies!" Tell exclaimed quietly so the parents didn't hear.
"What do you mean babies? I thought you were having a baby?" Michael asked.
"Well, Michael, it looks like they are having twins." Maria clarified. "That's usually what babies means."
"Listen pixie..." Michael started.
"Will you two just shut up!" Isabel said. "What do you mean they spoke to you Liz?"
"I could feel this intense power building inside of me. It scared me at first because I know I'm not that powerful. Then I heard voices in my head. They said, "Don't worry mommy, we won't let anyone hurt you or daddy." It was incredible. Then Nicholas got blasted into the portal." Liz explained.
"Look, we'll discuss more later. Our parents are getting restless, and they deserve an explanation. Besides, it's going to be a very draining evening." Max said.
"All right. We'll see you at your house." Maria said grabbing Michael and Kyle.

Part 33:

The jeep was the first car to arrive at the Evans' house with the others close behind. Max carried Liz inside because she was drained.
'Maybe we should wait until tomorrow to tell our parents everything,' Max suggested.
'As much as I'd love that Max we can't do it. I know how curious they are already and if we put it off they will only get mad,' Liz told him.
"Yeah, but you are too tired to go through this right now." Max said.
"No, I'm not. Well, ok, I am drained, I used up a lot of energy back there, but it wasn't all mine. I will be ok I promise," Liz said. "Could you get me some milk, with Tabasco Sauce please?"
"Tabasco Sauce?" Isabel questioned.
"Yeah, I have a craving for it. I guess the babies need it." Liz said.
The others walked through the door as soon as Max handed Liz her drink. She took no heed to anyone and gulped down the milk.
'This tastes so good...I don't know how I could have made faces when you put Tabasco Sauce on stuff,' Liz said.
Max just smiled at her. This pregnancy was going to be lots of fun!
"All right we are all here now and I think we deserve an explanation." Jeff said.
"You're right Mr. Parker, and we will give you one as promised. Why don't you all have a seat and get comfortable, this could take a while." Max told them.
Everyone took a seat as requested. The parents cast uneasy glances at one another. Max and Liz looked at their friends and saw the love and support pouring out of their eyes. 'At least our friends don't have a problem with this,' Liz thought.
'I have a feeling if we had told them under different circumstances, Michael would have flipped more. Besides, the babies just saved you from going with Nicholas so, you know it puts a whole nother light on things,' Max told her.
'Yeah, I know you are right. I mean Maria would have freaked more, Alex would have accepted it like he did, but I'm sure Isabel would have had a bigger fit then she did,' Liz concluded.
"All right you guys, it's time to face the music." Maria said breaking up the silent conversation.
"Thanks Maria," Liz said sarcastically.
"Hey no problem babe," Maria said back.
Liz smiled at her friend and turned to face the firing squad. Her smile faded when she saw the look on her mother's face.
'OH God! She knows, my mother knows!' Liz thought.
'Well, honey, I think they all have some semblance of a clue,' Max said.
"Ok, I guess you want an explanation for what you heard out at the factory." Max began.
"Yes, that would be a good place to start," Philip said.
"Well, why don't we start with what you heard and what you thought." Max suggested.
"Why are you beating around the bush Max, all we want is an explanation. Was the statement made because it's what you want or because it already is?" Diane asked.
Nancy had been very quite throughout the beginning of this conversation, but she couldn't hold her tongue anymore.
"Liz honey, look at me." Nancy said.
Liz looked her mother right in the eye not backing down. What she felt for Max was real, and they didn't need some destiny to tell them it was meant to be, they had always known it.
"Yes, Mom." Liz said.
"All I want to know is, do you really love him." Nancy stated.
"Nancy how can that be all you want to know?" Jeff asked.
"Because Jeff, love is what really matters. And Max, I want to know how you really feel about my daughter." Nancy said.
"Mom, I love Max with all my heart and soul. We have seen into the depths of each other's souls and I know without a doubt that I have found my other half." Liz said honestly.
"Mrs. Parker, I would give up my own life if it meant protecting Liz. I love her more then anyone's ever been loved. She is my soul mate, my other half, and I've known it since the third grade. I will never let harm come to her, and I will love her until the day that I die." Max honestly confessed.
"That's all I needed to know. So Liz, are you pregnant?" Nancy asked.
Liz coughed and sputtered. "Huh?" she asked.
"You heard you mother's question, and we heard Max's statement earlier, are you having his child?" Jeff asked.
"Well, I...uh....I'm having his children actually." Liz said red faced.
"WHAT! I just knew it! How can you two be so stupid! Why didn't you use protection!" Philip asked.
Liz jumped at the outburst. She was embarrassed before but now she was mortified. She buried her face deeper into Max's chest. He could feel her embarrassment through their connection and tried to soothe her. He began stroking her hair, but it wasn't helping.
"God Lizzie, I thought I raised you better then this!" Jeff yelled.
This sent Liz over the edge. She disappointed her father, he was furious and she didn't know what to do. She began to cry. Max could feel her tears through her shirt.
Didn't their parents realize what all this yelling was doing to her? He had to make them all shut up, but how?
"Will all of you just calm down!" Michael shouted.
Everyone began to quiet down after hearing Michael. Max silently thanked him for doing what he couldn't figure out to do.
'Liz honey, are you all right?' Max asked.
'I don't know Max. I knew this was going to be hard, but I've disappointed my father. What if he never forgives me?' Liz sobbed through their connection.
'Liz look at me.' Max pleaded.
Liz looked up at him and waited for him to continue.
'He's your father, and even though he's upset, he will always love you. Trust me, he couldn't not love you, you are amazing. He will forgive you and he will have a couple of grand kids to spoil,' Max told her.
She smiled up at him after his last comment. 'You're right, I'm sorry, I shouldn't have gotten so upset,' Liz said.
'You had every right to be upset, although I think the hormones are kicking in a bit, but we'll get through that too.' Max said.
The parents saw Liz smile up at Max and they could tell that she had been crying. Max seemed to have calmed her down.
"Look what you idiots did! You made my baby cry!" Nancy yelled at Jeff and Philip.
"Of all the inconsiderate things to do. For crying out loud, they know that they messed up, but they are taking responsibility for it!" Diane said.
"Thank you mom, Mrs. Parker. That means a lot to us." Max said.
"We are disappointed in the both of you, but what's done is done. Yelling won't change anything and all it does is cause more heartache." Diane said.
"That's funny. Isabel said something like that when we told all of them about it yesterday." Liz said.
"Really, well like mother like daughter I guess." Diane stated.
Everyone laughed at that and the tension in the room eased. Both Jeff and Philip apologized to Max and Liz for making her cry. Amy, Jim, and the Whitman's congratulated them on the babies.
"Oh, we totally forgot to tell you!" Liz exclaimed. "Well, we told Maria, Michael, Isabel, Alex, Tess, and Kyle, but we didn't tell all of you."
"What?" Jim asked.
"The babies spoke to me, through a connection. It's kind of like the one Max and I share except it's with the babies." Liz said excitedly.
"What did they tell you?" Amy asked.
"Yeah, what did the little ones have to say?" both Alex's parents asked.
"Well, it was when Nicholas had my one arm and Max had the other. Nicholas was trying to pull me away from Max, and we were both helpless, not really knowing what to do. I almost contemplated having him blast me so I wouldn't have to go, but visions of our last lives went though my head and I couldn't do it." Liz started.
"It's a good thing you didn't ask me because I would have lost it. There was no way I could ever do something like that again, especially knowing that you were pregnant with my children, I don't think so." Max said.
"Anyway, the babies said to me, "Don't worry mommy, we won't let anyone hurt you or daddy," and then I felt this huge amount of energy build inside of me and I blasted Nicholas through the portal." Liz explained.
"Oh my God! The babies saved your life," Nancy exclaimed.
"Yeah, they did, and boy will they get spoiled when they come out. Not only because they are my children but they made sure their mommy would always be with me!" Max said.
Michael started laughing hysterically.
"What's so funny space boy?" Maria asked.
"It looks like we'll have to deal with not only Liz's hormonal changes, but a sappy Max!" Michael exclaimed.
Max's face turned three shades of red, "Shut up Michael!" he exclaimed. "We'll see how you get when it's your turn."
Everyone looked at Maria. "Hey don't look at me, she's the only pregnant one."
Amy let out a sigh of relief. Maria glared at Max.
"Sorry Maria, I didn't mean to make everyone think that, I was just stating that when the time comes and you are pregnant we'll see how Michael acts. I would bet all my money that he's a big sappy mess." Max said.
"I'll have to agree with you on that one Max. For all his stone wall, tough guy, exterior he'll be a huge softy when it comes to his kids." Kyle agreed.
"All right everyone, I think it's time for us to retire. I'm warning you all that Liz and I are staying in the same room tonight. After all that's happened today, I just need to hold her all night. I promise that's all that's going to happen." Max said.
The parents were about to protest when Michael interjected. "They need to be together tonight. I can safely say that if you try to keep them apart, they will just find a way to be together. Not only tonight but every day of this pregnancy. Maria and I will stay in Max's room tonight to ensure that nothing goes on. Isabel, Alex, Tess, and Kyle will stay in Isabel's room and the rest of you will take your assigned room from the other night." Michael said.
"That sounds an awful lot like a command," Jim said.
"Well, he's not my second-in-command for nothing," Max joked. "Seriously it's not a command, it just the truth. We all have this huge bond that goes beyond everything, space, time, everything. I cannot be away from Liz and I hope that you can understand that." Max said.
"We'll discuss this in the morning sweetie. For tonight we will allow the sleeping arrangements. Tomorrow we will figure out what to do." Diane said.
"Thank you Mrs. Evans." Liz said.
"Please call me Diane. Hopefully one day in the not too distant future I hope you will be calling me Mom," she said.
Liz smiled. "I hope so too Diane. Good night." Liz said giving Diane a kiss on the cheek. She walked over to her parents and kissed and hugged her mom. She hesitated by her father not really sure what his reaction was going to be. He answered her by standing up and giving her a hug and kiss good night.
All eight teens walked upstairs after saying good night to their parents and settled in their respective rooms. They realized that this wasn't going to work so Isabel, Alex, Tess, and Kyle made their way into Max's room. Once there were all together they settled down and drifted off to sleep.

"NNNNNNNOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!" Liz screamed.
"Liz, Liz, wake up!" Max shouted.
Liz came awake instantly and collapsed into Max's arms sobbing.
"What's the matter?" he asked.
"It's not over yet. Kivar and Nicholas will be coming back. I just had a vision. I don't know when. I didn't see any of us to know how old we are. I only saw Kivar and Nicholas getting men ready. They were working on a way to make the portal stronger so they can all get here. Max, Kivar is coming himself." Liz said frightened.
Their six friends, as well as eight parents looked around worriedly. All eyes landed on Max wondering what they were going to do.
"Well, they won't be coming back for at least a couple of months. It's going to take a while to store enough power, so we have a couple of months to practice and prepare for the attack." Max said. "Starting next week we train everyday after school. Maria and Liz will practice whenever they don't have work, as will I and Alex and I will try to figure out a way to monitor energy beams sent to Earth. Maybe we will be able to figure out when Kivar gets here."
"This sounds like a good plan Maxwell, but why next week?" Michael asked.
"Because we all need about a weeks vacation from anything alien." Max said ending the discussion. "Now, let's all try and get some sleep."
Everyone laid down again and tried to relax. The parents went back to their rooms and contemplated what they could do to help their children.
Max just held Liz giving her little kisses until she calmed down. Tomorrow they would figure everything out...Tomorrow.

The End???